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A South African man’s bid to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records as the fastest 100-year-old to run 100 metres was foiled on Sunday when a power failure stopped the electronic clocks.

Philip Rabinowitz (100) made his run on Sunday at the Mandela Park Athletics stadium in Khayelitsha outside Cape Town. He said he did 100 meters in 28,7 seconds, beating a previous record of 36,1 seconds.

However, a power outage stopped the official electronic clock so the time cannot be recognised, the SABC reported. And none of the figures could be confirmed independently.

But the man known as “Rabonoblitz” was not deterred.

“I feel absolutely wonderful. I never thought I’d be able to do it,” said Rabinowitz, who already holds the record for world’s oldest competitive walker.

He practices daily by walking six kilometres and sticks to a healthy diet. Rabinowitz, who turned 100 in February, still works, handling accounts for his daughter’s business.

He participated in the South African leg of the Olympic torch relay across the globe earlier this year. - Sapa-AP

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