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Oldest marathon runner finishes last race at 101

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Fauja Singh, who turns 102 in April, only took up competitive running at the age of 89.

The world's oldest marathon runner has run his last race at the age of 101.

Fauja Singh finished the Hong Kong marathon's 6.25-mile race Sunday in 1 hour, 32 minutes, 28 seconds.

Singh, a Sikh, wore a saffron turban and sported a flowing white beard.

The Indian-born runner said earlier he would hang up his sneakers after the race in the southern Chinese city.

Singh became the oldest man to run a full marathon at Toronto in 2011. But his record was not recognized by Guinness World Records because he doesn't have a birth certificate to prove his age, only a passport.

Singh, who lives in Britain, said before the race that he was happy he's retiring at the top of his game.

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