17 Oct '11, 2am

A 100-year-old runner has become the oldest person to complete a marathon, in just over 8 hours

TORONTO - A 100-year-old runner became the oldest person to complete a full-distance marathon when he finished the Toronto Waterfront Marathon yesterday. Indian-born Fauja Singh earned a spot in the Guinness World Book of Records for his accomplishment. It took Singh eight hours, 25 minutes and 16 seconds to cross the finish line - more than six hours after Kenya's Kenneth Mungara won the event for the fourth straight year - and he was the last competitor to complete the course. But his time wasn't nearly as remarkable as the accomplishment. Event workers dismantled the barricades along the finish line and took down sponsor banners even as Singh made his way up the final few hundred yards of the race. Family, friends and supporters greeted Singh when he finished the race. "Beating his original prediction, he's overjoyed," his coach and translator Harmander Singh said. "Ear...

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