Centenarian Fauja Singh’s record-setting completion of the Toronto Waterfront Marathon won’t be record-setting, after all. Guinness World Records will not recognize Fauja Singh’s achievement because he cannot present a birth certificate – a document that was not produced in India in 1911 – to prove the year of his birth. His passport and other documented evidence is not acceptable to Guinness. His trainer, Harmandar Singh, suggests that there is a disconnect in recognizing the status of developing nations: Harmandar Singh, […]
The 100-year-old British citizen Fauja Singh (nicknamed the “Turbaned Tornado”) completed the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in Canada this past weekend, setting a Guinness World Record as the oldest person to complete a marathon. He completed the race in eight hours, 25 minutes and 16 seconds. Watch Fauja Singh cross the finish line: You can also read the NPR story on Fauja Singh’s inspiring accomplishment.