Fauja Singh to carry Olympic torch for the 2nd time
A Sikh, who came to live in Britain and began running marathons at the age of 86, is all set to carry the Olympic torch through the streets of east London.india Updated: Jul 21, 2012 20:49 IST
A Sikh, who came to live in Britain and began running marathons at the age of 86, is all set to carry the Olympic torch through the streets of east London.
World's oldest marathon runner, Fauja Singh, who is 101-years-old, had earlier carried the torch in Athens eight years ago. Describing it as his child, Singh said he could not wait to add another torch to his collection.
Born in Punjab in 1911, Singh came to the United Kingdom to stay with his son Sukhjinder in 1992. He began running at the age of 86 to keep himself occupied and ran his first marathon at the age of 89. Singh has since completed nine marathons - six in London, two in Toronto, where he set eight track records, and one in New York. Singh said that he is spurred on by his faith and, on a physical level, his vegetarian diet helps him keep in shape.
He achieved his ninth track record in the New York marathon in September last year, running 10,000 metres in 87 minutes.
Fauja Singh, who has been nicknamed 'Turbaned Tornado', has attracted attention from the world over -students from California are currently making a documentary on his achievements.
To mark the special occasion of Singh carrying the Olympic torch, Sikhs from all over the UK will congregate in London to distribute langar (community meal) along the 30-mile Olympic route from Greenwich Park to Waltham Forest Town Hall. Singh said he now aims to run at the 2016 Olympics when he will be 105.