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  • 1 February 2014, 8:58

Man, 102, Breaks Cycling Record For Second Time

A 102-year-old man has broken his own world record after cycling 16.7 miles in one hour.

Robert Marchand set a new record in the over-100s category on Friday, beating his previous best distance in the race against the clock by 1.5 miles.

The Frenchman set his previous record two years ago.

The current overall world record for one hour is 30.9 set by Czech Ondrej Sosenka in 2005.

Marchand, a retired firefighter and logger, received a standing ovation and was surrounded by dozens of photographers at the finish line in France's new National Velodrome.

The 74m euro (60m) complex officially opened its doors Thursday.

Supported by two assistants, he smiled and raised his arms and said: "It was very good, but at the end it started to become very hard.

"You have to know there are people who came from 600 kilometres away to see me today. It is incredible. That's all I can say."

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