Fauja Singh was among thousands of runners that took part in Sunday’s Mumbai Marathon events.
The world’s oldest marathoner ran in the senior’s 4.3K run. This was his first time running at the Mumbai Marathon. The 101-year-old was born and living much of his life in India, but now lives in London, England.
In 2011, Singh became the first 100-year-old to run a marathon at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon.
Singh will turn 102 in April, but plans on running his last marathon next month in Hong Kong.
The centenarian was not the only international running celebrity to make an appearance in Mumbai. Marathoning great Haile Gebresalassie was also invited to the marathon, but as an “event ambassador.” The Ethiopian former world record holder presented the winners of the Indian national titles their prizes. The event boasts $350,000 USD in prize money.
Uganda’s success in the marathon continues to grow
First timer Jackson Kiprop won the Mumbai Marathon on Sunday, setting the course record on a hot and humid day through a difficult course.
The 20-year-old ran away from a formidable group at the 36K mark and won in a time of 2:09:32. The Ugandan pocketed the $40,000 USD prize with this, his first 42.2K race.
Valentine Kipketer won the women’s race in just the second marathon of her career. She too set the course record, lowering it an impressive 1:39 to 2:24:33.
Both Kipketer and Kiprop will also share $15,000 for breaking the course records.
Both winners now hold the year’s fastest marathon times thus far.