Thu Feb 21, 2013, 11:05 AM
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Marathon runner, 101, sad over retirement
A 101-year-old Sikh believed to be the world's oldest marathon runner said Thursday he felt sad to be retiring from competitive events, as he prepared for his last race this weekend.
Fauja Singh, nicknamed the "Turbaned Tornado", began running at age 89 and has since completed nine marathons, but admitted that age has finally caught up with him.
"I am hurt by the fact that I am going to retire," the Indian-born British national, who only speaks Punjabi, said through his interpreter ahead of his final race this Sunday.
"I do not really want to hear the word 'retire' because I can still run and jump on a bus. It's a (sense of) negativity that I have never experienced before."
Singh, who was a farmer in his home state of Punjab in India before settling in England, has competed in nine 26-mile (42-kilometre) marathons in London, Toronto and New York.
His best time was in Toronto, where he clocked five hours, 40 minutes and four seconds.
On Sunday the runner, who turns 102 on April 1, will compete in the 10-kilometre event on the sidelines of the Hong Kong Marathon.
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