In addition to the marathon, Fauja Singh achieved a series of other world records in professional running.
Fauja Singh, an Indian who later became a well-known runner, was born on this day in 1911. He was born in Beas Pind, India, back when the country was part of the British colonial empire. At the age of 100, in 2011, he became the first centenarian in recorded history to run a marathon. The marathon in question took place in Toronto, and Fauja Singh completed it in just over eight hours.
In addition to the marathon, Fauja Singh achieved a series of other world records in professional running in his age group (100 years and over). He holds the records for the 100 meters (23.14), 200 meters, 400 meters, 800 meters, 1500 meters, one mile, 3000 meters, and 500 meters.
Fauja Singh is of the Sikh faith, so he always wears a turban, earning him the nickname Turbaned Tornado. He subscribes his vitality to not smoking or drinking alcohol and a simple vegetarian diet.