Guinness won`t ratify centenarian`s marathon

Updated: Oct 24, 2011, 23:59 PM IST

Toronto: Centenarian marathoner Fauja Singh won`t have a spot in the Guinness World Book of Records after all.

The 100-year-old Singh attracted worldwide attention when he completed the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon in over eight hours on October 16.

But Guinness World Records told the BBC it won`t recognise Singh as the world`s oldest marathoner because he can`t show a birth certificate from 1911.

Singh`s British passport shows his date of birth as April 1, 1911. A letter from Indian government officials states that birth records were not kept in 1911.

Three days before the marathon, Singh claimed another eight records for 100-year-old men in distances from 100 meters to 5,000 meters. It appears those records will be recognised by World Masters Athletics.

PTI