Moses Tanui

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Moses Tanui
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing  Kenya
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1991 Tokyo 10,000 m
Silver medal – second place 1993 Stuttgart 10,000 m
IAAF World Half Marathon Championships
Gold medal – first place 1995 Montbéliard Half marathon
Silver medal – second place 1997 Košice Half marathon
World Marathon Majors
Gold medal – first place 1996 Boston Marathon
Gold medal – first place 1998 Boston Marathon
Silver medal – second place 1999 Chicago Marathon
Bronze medal – third place 2000 Chicago Marathon

Moses Tanui (born 20 August 1965 in Marakwet District, Kenya) is a former Kenyan long-distance runner who won the gold medal over 10,000 metres at the 1991 World Championships in Athletics in Tokyo.


At the 1993 World Championships in Athletics in Stuttgart he finished second after a controversial incident on the final lap in which he lost one shoe after making contact with the eventual winner Haile Gebrselassie. He also won the 100th Boston Marathon in 1996 as well as the 102nd Boston Marathon in 1998. Tanui won IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in 1995 and silver in the 1997 competition.

He was the first athlete to run a half marathon in less than one hour by running 59:47 in Milan on 3 April 1993. His record was broken five years later by fellow Kenyan Paul Tergat.

At the Chicago Marathon in 1999, Tanui helped spur Khalid Khannouchi to a new world record, eventually finishing 2nd in 2:06:16, which was a Kenyan national record and the third fastest marathon in history at that point.[1]

He was still active in 2004 when he competed at the Seoul International Marathon. He retired later due to a knee injury. Today he operates a training camp in Kaptagat [1].

He was involved in a serious car accident near Nakuru in February 2010 suffering major injuries to his leg and chest. David Lelei, another former runner, was driving Tanui's car and died in the accident.[2]


  • All results regarding marathon, unless stated otherwise
Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Kenya
1996 Boston Marathon Boston, United States 1st 2:09:15
1998 Boston Marathon Boston, United States 1st 2:07:34
1999 Chicago Marathon Chicago, United States 2nd 2:06:16
2000 Chicago Marathon Chicago, United States 3rd 2:07:47
2002 Vienna Marathon Vienna, Austria 1st 2:10:25


  1. ^ Monti, David (30 March 2012). "Flashback To The 1999 Chicago Marathon". Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  2. ^ "I'm lucky to be alive, says Boston champ". Daily Nation. 19 February 2010. Retrieved 19 February 2010.

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Preceded by
Dionicio Cerón
Men's Half Marathon World Record Holder
1993-04-03 – 1998-04-04
Succeeded by
Paul Tergat
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Benson Masya
Men's Half Marathon Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
Benson Masya