In recent times the olympic marathon will cover a distance of 26 miles 385 yards which is equal to 42.195 km.This is because, In 1908 only the modern marathon event's distance was standardized. This is because in 1908 a Marathon event was conducted between wintser palace and royal box in London Stadium(which is 26 miles385 yards distance).Then onwards it was officially announced as correct distance for a Marathon event.After that all are following the same distance.
Mr.Fauja singh (born on 1st April 1911) from Indian origin living in"Ilford, east London" attracted worldwide publicity after he completed the toronto marathon last week has set a world record of being the oldest person to complete a full-distance in marathon.Mr Singh, who worked as a farmer in the Punjab before moving to Britain in 1992.
It tooks 8 hours 25 minutes and 16 seconds,by finishing in 3,850th place, ahead of five other competitors.It was more than 6 hours after Kenya's Kenneth Mungara won th scotiabank Toronto waterfront Marathon on 16th oct.for the fourth straight year.
He accomplished the amazing feat,becoming the oldest person ever to complete a full distance.Mr. Singh who only speaks Punjabi surprised himself and said that "he had set a goal of finishing the race in about 9 hours.Achieving this will be like getting married again."
"Beating his original prediction, he's overjoyed,"his coach and translator Harmander singh was quoted as saying by the Toronto Star."He is absolutely over-joyed ,he has achieved his life-long wish," his coach added.This was his 8th marathon.He ran his first at the tender age of 89 and wasn't the first time he set a record.
But his record (at the age 100) was not recognized by Guiness because Mr.Fauja Singh has no Birth certificate for claiming his age as 100. A letter from Indian government officials stating that no birth records were kept in 1911, and a statement from a former neighbour in India, have also been passed to Guinness World Records, but the organisation says these too are not enough.
"We can only accept official birth documents created in the year of the birth. Anything else is really not very useful to us."
Speaking to the BBC, the editor-in-chief of Guinness World Records, Craig Glenday, said: "We would love to give him the record. We'd love to say this is a true Guinness World Record, but the problem is there is just no evidence.
It has also been widely reported that Mr.Singh already had a place in Guinness World Records for the over-90 marathon category after running the 2003 Toronto marathon in five hours and 40 minutes.
Any how we can't see pheidippides of olden Greece, but by seeing Mr.Fauja Singh we may know how he was? Also all have to accept one thing,
"Nothing is impossible and age doesn't matters, if we have goal and self confidence".