The Oklahoman shares the story of one Devender Pal Singh, a 39-year-old Sikh marathoner from India known as “the Indian Blade Runner” because he runs long distances on a prosthetic leg. Devender Pal Singh visited Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to receive a new prosthetic to help him better run long distances. He lost his leg in 1999 after sustaining injuries in the Kargil War: Devender Pal Singh said he sustained severe injuries in 1999 when his Indian Army unit guarded the […]
The world’s oldest marathon runner at age 101, Fauja Singh of the United Kingdom has announced that he will run his last marathon in Hong Kong at the end of this month: “He said he achieved this through the help of God, but even God must be getting fed up with helping him,” [coach] Harmander Singh said. While Singh won’t be competing anymore, he doesn’t plan on completely giving up on the sport. Instead Singh is planning on a lighter […]
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.