London Marathon 2012 Results: Oldest Competitor in World Ends Career Strong

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 23, 2012

Photo courtesy of IBN live
Photo courtesy of IBN live

Running a marathon is tough for anyone, but 101-year-old Fauja Singh proves that anything is possible.

After finishing the London Marathon in seven hours and 49 minutes, the Indian runner decided that this would be the last marathon of his career.

For a person of his advanced age, this news should not be surprising. However, not competing is about the only thing Singh could do that would be shocking.

The London resident did not start running professionally until he turned 89, but since then has run eight full marathons.

Finishing the 26.2 miles is an impressive feat for anyone. It requires not only physical ability, but enough mental strength to keep fighting when the body wants to stop.

Singh has shown he has enough will to accomplish anything.

Impressively, retiring from marathons will not be the end of his athletic endeavors. He has stated that he will still run half marathons and 5K races as long as he can.

"I won't stop running till I die. I want to be remembered as the person who ran till the end," Singh claimed after the race

His story should be inspiring to everyone. Anyone that feels that they are too old to do something has just been proven wrong.

Singh showed that with the drive to succeed, you can accomplish anything.

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