Guinness won`t ratify centenarian`s marathon
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.