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102-year-old cyclist sets world record

102-year-old cyclist sets world record

By Associated Press. CREATED Jan 31, 2014

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) -- Age hasn't slowed French cyclist Robert Marchand.

The 102-year-old broke his own world record in the over-100s category Friday, riding 26.927 kilometers (16.7 miles) in one hour, more than 2.5 kilometers better than his previous best time in the race against the clock two years ago.

The retired firefighter and logger also holds a record for the 100 kilometers, covering the distance in four hours, 17 minutes and 27 seconds in 2012.

Marchand received a standing ovation and was mobbed by dozens of photographers and cameramen at the finish line in France's brand-new National Velodrome, a 74-million-euro ($100 million) complex that officially opened its doors Thursday.