Fauja Singh, world's oldest marathon runner, will run his last marathon in February in Hong Kong. Fauja, 101-year-old has been earning name and fame by running various marathon races across the world. Singh was born in Punjab, India and became a British citizen in 2003.
Fauja was not a born athlete, as he took up this sport only at latter age of around 80 years, when people of the same age would mostly be bed-ridden. But, Singh belonged to a league of his own. He defied all odds to be a sportsperson at such an age and it is especially surprising that the person took to a sport like marathon, which requires lot of stamina and energy.
Singh has participated in many prestigious races; some of them include Mumbai
Marathon, London Marathon and Toronto Marathon, just to name a few. Be it any race around the world
people want to get the glimpse of this old man from India, who is always cheered on by the crowd. People from his community are in great numbers wherever he races. They expect the figures to multiply when he wears his sneakers for the last time to run the Hong Kong marathon this February.
He also holds a number of United Kingdom records in various races such as 200 metres, 400m, 800m, one mile and 3000m in the men's above 90 category. As far as his best timings in the marathon races are concerned, he ran for six hours and two minutes during the 2003 London Marathon.
It is amazing to see Singh not even breaking sweat during races and it’s a rare sight for a person of his age to have so much of energy. But all this credit goes to his dedicated hours of training under his coach Harmander Singh. There are a number of critics that suspect his age. But his trainer has always brought up the point that India did not have a concept of birth certificates when he was born.
Though Singh may have finally decided to hang his boots this February, but it is for sure that his legacy will not only live forever but also keep on inspiring many sportspersons around the world.