100-year-old South African, Philip Rabinowitz, shattered the world 100m record for centenarians by more than seven seconds on Sunday, but a faulty electronic timer will keep the feat out of the record books, at least for now.

“It was wonderful, I didn’t get tired at all,” he said the day after his feat. “We will try again in September. Maybe I can do even better next time.”

Hundreds of local people watched Rabinowitz, who tries to walk at least four miles a day, slash 7.3 seconds off Austrian Erwin Jaskulski’s mark of 36.19 at a stadium in Cape Town.

It was only after finishing that Rabinowitz, who works as a book keeper for a pet food company, learned the timer had failed and that the hand-held stopwatch did not meet world record criteria.

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