Updated: October 17, 2011 23:30 IST

100 and still running

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Fauja Singh crossing the finish line.
Fauja Singh crossing the finish line.

Oldest person to complete a full-distance marathon

Fauja Singh, a 100-year-old runner of Indian-origin, has set a Guinness record of being the oldest person to complete a full-distance marathon here.

It took Mr. Singh over eight hours to cross the finish line, more than six hours after Kenya's Kenneth Mungara won the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on Sunday for the fourth straight year.

Mr. Singh was the last competitor to complete the course but entered the Guinness Book of World Records.

He accomplished the amazing feat, becoming the oldest person ever to complete a full-distance 42-kilometre marathon. Mr. Singh, who only speaks Punjabi, also surprised himself.

He said he had set a goal of finishing the race in about nine hours.

“Beating his original prediction, he's overjoyed,” his coach and translator Harmander Singh was quoted as saying by the Toronto Star.

“Earlier, just before we came around the [final] corner, he said, “Achieving this will be like getting married again.”

“He is absolutely overjoyed, he has achieved his life-long wish,” the coach added. Sunday's run was his eighth marathon.

He ran his first at the tender age of 89 and wasn't the first time he set a record.

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What an inspiration is Fauja Singh Ji. The whole world is .truly rejoicing his achievements

from:  Kuldip Singh Rupra
Posted on: Oct 20, 2011 at 18:12 IST

Truly amazing , this is really inspirational.. hats off to you Mr.Singh

from:  Anand
Posted on: Oct 20, 2011 at 10:56 IST

I salute you for showing us, that all things are possible, when you apply the hard work and dedication .... I am blown away with your achievement and sportsmanship.

from:  Bill Sutton
Posted on: Oct 20, 2011 at 00:42 IST

Hats-off to you, a great inspiration to all people, young or old.

from:  Vyomesh Joshi
Posted on: Oct 19, 2011 at 23:13 IST

Great feat sir, u have made the whole world turn around and look at you. Age is not a barrier for a man with strong will and determination to achieve.You have proved it. I salute thee "Pride of india".

from:  Devibala
Posted on: Oct 19, 2011 at 12:03 IST

Won't any body call Mr. Fauja a grandpa , rather would admire him as a grand son of all ... as he stands testimony to the fact that the Healthy body is not a grant of god but, one's determination to mould the gift of god to its fullest accomplishment of HIS purpose. May Allah give him more strength & prolong his rest of his life with good spirit & vigour , May be him the torch bearer to lead others and be a living example of Sound healthy body & soul.

from:  Suhail Pullaly
Posted on: Oct 19, 2011 at 09:07 IST

I salute this Great Man for his courage , determination & guts. It only shows that every thing is in the mind . I Pray that our Indian Sportsmen could learn these lessons so that our image at the big games will improve.

from:  Girija shankar
Posted on: Oct 19, 2011 at 03:01 IST

WOW! Amazing feat! Request The Hindu to interview this 'grand' old gentleman on his exercise regimen and daily routine to share with all of us.

from:  D. Chandramouli
Posted on: Oct 18, 2011 at 19:16 IST

Congratulations sir

from:  Mahesh V
Posted on: Oct 18, 2011 at 18:23 IST

I respect you like anything sir. You are the greatest inspiration for younger generation like us .

from:  Mohammed Siddiq A R
Posted on: Oct 18, 2011 at 17:10 IST

I am slightly overweight and working recently to reduce it .I find it so hard to run 3 km at the age of 23, which is very frustrating.I use to wonder if it was at all possible for me to run a long distance. But this feat has totally removed all my doubts .He has inspired me so immensely and shown that will to do in above the barrier of age and physical constraints. Sir, take a bow , you are my hero . I wish you remain in good health in year to come also.

from:  Shaurya
Posted on: Oct 18, 2011 at 16:55 IST

Old is Gold !

from:  Lee
Posted on: Oct 18, 2011 at 16:27 IST

Fauja Singh is an inspiration to all long distance running enthusiasts, any follower and participant of marathon knows that only with strong will you can do this.We are proud of you

from:  vinayak
Posted on: Oct 18, 2011 at 16:25 IST

Sir, at my age of 70 years,claiming to be a very healthy person, I can only walk 5 kms in an hour. That is all, beyond that I get dead tired. This person of 100 yrs of age can run 42 kms !. My God ! Really Great, Sir. I felt really happy to know this fact. I pray God to give him enough strength to continue like this and be an inspiration to one and all.

from:  Ajampur Ramadas
Posted on: Oct 18, 2011 at 16:14 IST

Fauja Singh is King. Hats off to him.

from:  Vijay Agnihotri
Posted on: Oct 18, 2011 at 15:43 IST

impossible It is a great achievement................

from:  Joshi R
Posted on: Oct 18, 2011 at 15:29 IST

hats off to Mr.Fauja Singh. he is truly champion. At the age of 100 achieving this feet is really unimaginable.

from:  C.Anand
Posted on: Oct 18, 2011 at 15:04 IST

Really great achievement...thank u for inspiration!

from:  Sashi
Posted on: Oct 18, 2011 at 14:32 IST

Incredible, what tremendous feats human beings are capable of! Live it up, Sardarji. Tussi Great Ho!

from:  Vishnu Menon
Posted on: Oct 18, 2011 at 14:23 IST

its people like him that make one feel that age is never an obstacle to achieve greatness. I salute him!!

from:  Navneeth
Posted on: Oct 18, 2011 at 14:14 IST

Unlike Fauja Singh, 21st century POT-BELLIED Indian youth will sit before TV & play video-game titled "Marathon" while munching cheese filled burger & bottles of Pepsi. In my neighbourhood there are many who claim breaking records in video-games.

from:  Shaleen Mathur
Posted on: Oct 18, 2011 at 14:09 IST

Fauja Singh has proved to the world that one can achieve results, if there is determination in life. He exhibited this will at a very 'tender age of 89 ', when many people due to variety of reasons will be completely withdrawn from all activities. That was a marvelous feat to Motivate the young. Salutations to him.

from:  C.p.Chandra das
Posted on: Oct 18, 2011 at 13:09 IST

The only reason he could do so, is because he would have stayed away from cities and towns by at least a 100 kms.

from:  KK
Posted on: Oct 18, 2011 at 13:03 IST

Fauja ji you are rocking, God will think about your task.

from:  J Raika
Posted on: Oct 18, 2011 at 12:39 IST

Amar Singh, Yedurappa reddy falling sick after few hours in jail at the age of 50-60.Indian judiciary should take a lesson from Fauja singh.Make Reddys, kalmadis and Amar Singh run for 42 km everyday till they r in jail; put Fauja Singh as their coach.

from:  manmohan singh
Posted on: Oct 18, 2011 at 12:37 IST

Wow !! Just amazing .. Gem of his community(Sikh) and Indian Pride

from:  Kapil
Posted on: Oct 18, 2011 at 12:13 IST

It is a great achievement. We should think of how healthy is he at this age. We should cultivate from him taking healthy food, physical/mental exercise he had practiced for 100 years to achieve this.

from:  Siva
Posted on: Oct 18, 2011 at 12:03 IST

Hats off man!! It will be impossible for our generation to even live for 60 years with good health thanks to industrialization and modernization of our world.

from:  Suman
Posted on: Oct 18, 2011 at 11:00 IST

This is absolutly incredible and he will be the last one do so. In this world of designer foods it will be difficult to find another Fauja Singh in the years to come. Well done. This Singh is Real king.

from:  Premkumar
Posted on: Oct 18, 2011 at 10:33 IST

Fauja Singh showed that age is not a problem for making records.hats off to 100years old youth

from:  Prabhakaran
Posted on: Oct 18, 2011 at 10:06 IST

Inspiration to all for good health.....

from:  Harpreet Singh Dhindsa
Posted on: Oct 18, 2011 at 09:59 IST

Really it is a terrific record has achieved by our Mr.Fauja Singh of Punjab. being a 100 year old man he could ran more than 40 kms with in 9hrs is really unimaginable, yet he did the legendary wonder. i am glad simultaneously feel bad off our young generation to day. being one of the young peers of our nation i request all my counterparts to learn lesson from our grand father, Mr.Fauja Singh that how to live for a long as he has been doing the favor. and also to keep him in our lives as the life model to maintain good health simultaneously to do favors to our nation.

from:  Bharathidasan.K
Posted on: Oct 18, 2011 at 09:59 IST

Fouja ji you are great - Singh is King.

from:  Bhole Shanker
Posted on: Oct 18, 2011 at 09:59 IST

amazing and highly insipiring .at the age when any one is not able to think properly he had ran marathon.which require coordination of your body parts for long time.salute to this man.

from:  Ashutosh Mishra
Posted on: Oct 18, 2011 at 09:50 IST

its highly inspirational .

from:  dharminder
Posted on: Oct 18, 2011 at 09:45 IST

A true example of age doesnn't matter as life is all about being young at heart. Hats off to you Mr Singh.

from:  Lipsa
Posted on: Oct 18, 2011 at 09:25 IST

He is a living example of a healthy lifestyle, a disciplined regime and strong will power. May he get a long and healthy life.

from:  sanjay
Posted on: Oct 18, 2011 at 07:58 IST

Truely inspirational. Its a secret of living longer.

from:  Sanjiv
Posted on: Oct 18, 2011 at 05:40 IST

Congratulations Sir!Hats off to you!

from:  Iyer
Posted on: Oct 18, 2011 at 03:03 IST

Amazing, You are an inspiration to all, regardless of race, religion and color. I pray to Allah that you live to see another 100.

from:  Azad
Posted on: Oct 18, 2011 at 03:02 IST

Great inspiration for younger generation.

from:  mallesh gorupati
Posted on: Oct 18, 2011 at 01:31 IST

I am very happy to read and share this news. I salute this champion!

from:  Reddy
Posted on: Oct 17, 2011 at 23:54 IST
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