Press Esc to close
Wednesday 24 September 2014
News updated at 9:48 AM IST
Weather
Max: 31.1°C
Min : 19.8°C
In Bangalore
Sunny day

Fauja Singh takes his final bow

Hong Kong, Feb 24, 2013,PTI:

Retirement at 101!

age no bar Fauja Singh waves the Hong Kong flag after the 10km race at the Hong Kong Marathon on Sunday. AP

Fauja Singh, at 101 the world’s oldest marathon runner, retired from competitive events a “very happy” man as he finished his last race here on Sunday.

Singh, nicknamed the ‘Turbaned Tornado,’ finished the Hong Kong marathon’s 10-kilometre race in 1 hour, 32 minutes and 28 seconds.

“I’m very happy. When I was running I felt very good, but now that I’ve stopped, I’m tired,” the India-born British national, who only speaks Punjabi, said.


Singh, who turns 102 on April 1, became the oldest man to run a full marathon at Toronto in 2011. But his record was not recognised by the Guinness World Records because he doesn’t have a birth certificate to prove his age, only a passport.

Singh, who was a farmer in Punjab before settling in England, has competed in nine 26-mile marathons in London, Toronto and New York.

His best time was in Toronto, where he clocked five hours, 40 minutes and four seconds.
Singh says he does not suffer from any physical ailments. A torchbearer for the London 2012 Olympics, his one regret is not being able to speak and read English.

In 1999, at the age of 89, he decided to run marathons for charities. His first charity was for premature babies, and he billed himself as the oldest person running for the youngest. Singh isn’t too bothered about his age. His main aim in running the marathons is to raise money for charity.

“I will remember this day and I will miss it, but I will not stop running for charity,” Singh said before the race.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Shoaib Akhtar rides bike during a Champions League Twenty20 match in Bengaluru ...

Shoaib Akhtar rides bike during a Champions League Twenty20 match in Bengaluru ...

Sania Mirza after a practice session at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea  ...

Sania Mirza after a practice session at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea ...

Home Minister Rajnath Singh drives a motorcycle at Thalkobad CRPF camp ...

Home Minister Rajnath Singh drives a motorcycle at Thalkobad CRPF camp ...

FC Goa’s coach Zico and marquee player Robert Pires along with Nita Ambani ...

FC Goa’s coach Zico and marquee player Robert Pires along with Nita Ambani ...

Ambassadors of Kochi International Half Marathon, cricketer Harbhajan Singh and actor Mohanlal  ...

Ambassadors of Kochi International Half Marathon, cricketer Harbhajan Singh and actor Mohanlal ...

A vehicle  to campaign for Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan ahead of  elactions ...

A vehicle to campaign for Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan ahead of elactions ...

An irate White Tiger cramps a student after he fell in its enclosure at the Delhi Zoo ...

An irate White Tiger cramps a student after he fell in its enclosure at the Delhi Zoo ...

A woman carries her baby near her damaged house after floodwater receded ...

A woman carries her baby near her damaged house after floodwater receded ...

Flood victims remov debris from their collapsed house after floodwater recedes ...

Flood victims remov debris from their collapsed house after floodwater recedes ...

Soha Ali Khan during a promotional of her upcoming film 'Chaarfutiya Chhokare' in Kolkata ...

Soha Ali Khan during a promotional of her upcoming film 'Chaarfutiya Chhokare' in Kolkata ...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523