After successfully completing the Virgin London Marathon in a record time, you would be forgiven for thinking Fauja Singh could sign out on a resounding high-note. Yet, even though the 101-year-old has announced the London event will be his last marathon, he has no intention of giving up his 'only passion'.
Crossing the finish line in 7:49:21, Fauja surpassed his previous time of 8:25:16 at last year's Toronto Waterfront Marathon. After the race, the centenarian's biographer Khushwant Singh, said: "He has hung up his shoes for full marathons on a high note. Hat's off to the man. I salute the 'Fauja Spirit'. He is an icon."
With the dust settled on his latest achievement, Fauja revealed the London marathon would be his final 26.2 mile event, but still plans to take part in competitive races between 5km and half marathon distances.
Born in India in 1911, Fauja has more than 500 races under his belt, all completed after his 89th birthday. In addition to his 10k and marathon accomplishments, the centenarian also holds the world-record for the men's over-90 category after completing the 2003 Toronto Marathon in five hours and forty minutes.