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Hundred-year-old marathoner Fauja Singh won't have a spot in the Guinness World Book of Records after all.

Singh attracted worldwide attention when he completed the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on Oct. 16.

But Guinness World Records told the BBC it won't recognize claims that Singh is the world's oldest marathon runner, because he can't show a birth certificate from 1911.

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Singh has a British passport showing his date of birth as being April 1, 1911, as well as a letter from the Queen congratulating him on his 100th birthday.

A letter from Indian government officials state that no birth records were kept in 1911.

It took Singh over eight hours to cross the finish line, where he was met by a throng of media, supporters, family and friends.

Three days earlier, Singh claimed another eight records for 100-year-old men in eight track and field distances from 100 metres to 5,000 metres.

It appears those records will be recognized by World Masters Athletics.
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Aw! Field trip to Ireland! We're gonna' raise a stink! (Is Guinness still run in Ireland?)
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On 2011-10-24 13:28, critter wrote:
Aw! Field trip to Ireland! We're gonna' raise a stink! (Is Guinness still run in Ireland?)

Guinness World Records was acquired by the Jim Pattison Group (Canada's 3rd largest private company) in 2008. (It acquired Ripley's in 1985.)

http://www.jimpattison.com/entertainment......rds.aspx

http://www.jimpattison.com/entertainment......ent.aspx

The Jim Pattison Group is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, though it has offices worldwide.

http://www.jimpattison.com/corporate-info/about-us.aspx
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My newest goal is to beat Singh's record. Wish me luck.
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Funny.
Given what I can surmise from your avatar, you have at least 50 years to prepare Smile
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Not quite but almost, but thanks! Yep, it's all about the prep time! I just hope no one beats me to it! Smile
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Dang birthers are causing trouble everywhere it seems.
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.--Yeats
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