Speedy Singh

He’s a long-distance runner whose own coach concedes is not as fast as he used to be.

“We’ve learned to pace ourselves a little bit better,” said trainer Harmander Singh.

Then again, Fauja Singh, no relation, was 89 years old when he started competing in races. And now he’s 100. “I am but a simple man,” Singh the competitor, a Sikh with a long white beard who only speaks Punjabi, said in a translated statement. “I give it my best shot and it happens that the results are better than others.”

The centenarian, who lives in the United Kingdom by way of India, is ready to compete in Sunday’s Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon in an attempt to land a Guinness World Record.He’s already set three records for men over 90 — one for 10,000 metres, which he completed in 64 minutes in the Lahore Marathon in 2005; and two in Toronto, for a half-marathon in 2004 (2 hours 29 minutes 59 seconds) and a full marathon in 2003 (5 hours 40 minutes 1 second).

Now he wants one more record in his century-old age. more

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