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At 78, marathoner Ashis Roy completes 104th marathon

Chicago: Still going strong at 78 years of
age, Indian marathoner Dr Ashis Roy completed his 104th race
at the Sunburst Marathon in South Bend, Indiana.

Roy, running his third marathon in 33 days, finished the
26.2-mile marathon through South Bend town and along St Joseph
River in 6 hours and 43 minutes.

This was four minutes more than his last run in Bob Potts
Heritage Rail Trail Marathon in York, Pennsylvania, two weeks
ago.

Roy, who started running marathons at the age of 52 and
turned 78 on June 1, received admiration from marathon
enthusiast.

Some people came up to him and said "you are a superman".

"It was a grand feeling," Roy said.

Roy, who has achieved a number of firsts and has broken
many records, is listed in the Limca Book of Records.

Till now Roy has competed in 37 marathons in India and 67
marathons in 20 other countries, including at the
International Veterans Marathon in Athens in 1986.

PTI

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