'Oldest marathon runner' competes in Hong Kong
The Guinness World Records has refused to accept the runner as the world's oldest marathoner since he cannot provide a birth certificate.
Sun, Feb 05, 2012 at 04:31 AM
Photo: Laurent Fievet/AFP
HONG KONG — A 100-year-old British Indian man who claims to be the world's oldest marathoner was all smiles after completing a 10-kilometer run at the Hong Kong marathon on Feb. 5.
Born in 1911 and affectionately nicknamed the "Turbaned Torpedo", Fauja Singh finished the race in just over one hour and 34 minutes, organizers told AFP, raising HK$200,000 ($25,800) for the charity Seeing Is Believing.
"The weather was very pleasant, I enjoyed the race very much," he was quoted by local media as saying, as he crossed the finishing line, arms in the air.
The centenarian attributed his physical fitness to his healthy lifestyle, including abstaining from smoking and alcohol and to following a vegetarian diet, according to local reports.
The Guinness World Records has reportedly refused to accept him as the world's oldest marathon runner because he could not provide them with a birth certificate.
Singh claimed to be the first centenarian to complete a marathon after finishing the Toronto Waterfront event last October.
A record number of 70,000 runners took part in this year's Hong Kong marathon, which includes the full 42-kilometer marathon race, a half marathon and a 10 kilometer race.
A 26-year-old male runner collapsed after crossing the finishing line of the half-marathon race, and was certified dead after being sent to hospital.
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