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Fauja Singh calls it a day – only for full marathons!

Posted on October 4, 2012 at 6:54pm by khushwant.singh No Comment

The oldest marathon runner in the world, Britain-based Fauja Singh, has ended on a high at the ripe age of 101 years – but that is not the end of the road for him. Not yet.

As the Indian-origin athlete completed the 26-mile London Marathon on Sunday in a record time of seven hours and 49 minutes, he announced this would be his last race. But he says the London Marathon was only his last full marathon – he will continue to run smaller races, from five kilometre ones to half marathons.
The spirited sardar, originally from Beas Pind near Jalandhar in Punjab and now settled in Ilford-London, is not giving up his “only passion left” – running – just yet.

“He has hung his shoes for full marathons on a high note. Hat’s off to the man. I salute the ‘Fauja Spirit’. He is an icon,” Fauja Singh’s biographer, Chandigarh-based author Khushwant Singh, told IANS.

“I kept track of him during the London marathon Sunday. He got huge attention during the event,” said Khushwant, who wrote Fauja’s biography “Turbaned Tornado” last year.