Fauja Singh, 104, considered to be the oldest marathon runner in the world, has been named as a Medallist of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II. Mr. Singh holds UK records for the 200 meters (m), 400 m, 800 m, and 3,000 m for his age bracket, records all set within a single 94 minute period. At the age of 100, Singh accomplished eight world age group records in a single day.
The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire rewards individuals with the contributions to the arts and sciences, work with charitable and welfare organisations and public service outside the Civil Service. Fauja Singh became among 1,164 recipients of one of several levels of recognition in the annual New Year Honours announcements. Singh was honoured "for services to sport and charity”.
Fauja Singh, who took up running aged 89, became the first centenarian to finish a marathon at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon. The world's oldest marathon runner ran his last race at the age of 101 at the Hong Kong marathon's 10 km (6.25 mile) race in a time of one hour, 32 minutes and 28 seconds.
Fauja Singh was part of the Olympic torch relay in the run-up to the 2012 London Games. He also recently featured in an ad campaign for Adidas alongside David Beckham and Muhammad Ali.