Six weeks after he was awarded the prize for "fastest pensioner" at the London Marathon, 69-year old Anthony Gaskell was stripped of his title after it was discovered he cut 10 miles off the 26-mile race. The British grandfather admitted to taking the short cut after an investigation revealed that his total time for miles 13 through 23 was below world record pace.
Gaskell claims he was injured after tripping over another runner and insists his faux-victory was all a mix-up. "I have been called a cheat and disqualified from a race I never claimed to have won," he said. "I simply walked through a short cut to the end of the course where my belongings were waiting for me. I had no idea that anyone thought I'd won."
The man who finished second, 66-year old Colin Rathbone, will now be crowned the winner and receive the plaque for "fastest pensioner." Rathbone fan the full race and finished just 38 seconds behind Gaskell's phony time.
The results were investigated after members of a runningRead More »from 69-year-old runner disqualified for taking marathon short cut