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Fauja Singh gets in training
Fauja's still setting the pace at the age of 94

If you reckon there's an age limit to playing sport then think again NOW.

Stanley Matthews still played football at 50, Oscar Swahn was 60 when he became the oldest ever Olympic gold medallist in 1912.

And now it's time for the ageing athletes to swap their slippers for running spikes to prove that age is no barrier.

Jamaica's Asafa Powell might have grabbed the 100m world record in a sizzling time of 9.77 seconds.

Kozo Haraguchi breaks the 100m record
Kozo Haraguchi leads the way

But Japan's Kozo Haraguchi has smashed the record for the same distance for the 95-99 age group clocking 22.04s.

And Fauja Singh - still in his prime at 94 - is the world's oldest marathon runner and is about to attempt to break eight world records, all in one day.

Haraguchi says his secret is an hour-long daily walk, while Singh runs and walks, doesn't smoke or drink and eats ginger curry.

So however old you are, why not run the 100m and compare your own times with the following records for the different age groups.

Age group - Time for men (M) women (F)

  • Any: 9.77s (M) 10.49s (F)
  • 35-39: 10.03 (M) 10.74s (F)
  • 40-44: 10.42 (M) 11.09 (F)
  • 45-49: 10.96 (M) 12.25 (F)
  • 50-54: 10.95 (M) 12.50 (F)
  • 55-59: 11.57 (M) 13.30 (F)
  • 60-64: 11.70 (M) 13.89 (F)
  • 65-69: 12.50 (M) 14.29 (F)
  • 70-74: 12.91 (M) 15.16 (F)
  • 75-79: 13.40 (M) 15.91 (F)
  • 80-84: 14.35 (M) 18.42 (F)
  • 85-89: 16.16 (M) 21.18 (F)
  • 90-94: 18.08 (M) 23.18 (F)
  • 95-99: 22.04 (M)
  • 95-99: 30.86 (M)

    And why not try other distances? For other records at different distances check the following:

    So with the World Championships just around the corner, why not have a go at a record.

    It doesn't matter how old you are, or which distance you go for.

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  • Fauja Singh facts
    Born: 1 April 1911
    Birthplace: Punjab, India
    Marathons: London (5), Toronto (1), New York (1)
    London marathon pb: 6h 2m




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