Adding to India’s feathers of success, 101-year-old Man Kaur on Monday celebrated her win in the 100 metres sprint at the World Masters Games in Auckland. A living inspiration, Kaur, has won 17 gold medal in her late-blooming career.
Kaur finished her sprint at 1 minute and 14 seconds with a small crowd cheering her as she was just 64.42 seconds away from breaking Usain Bolt’s 100m world record.
Though her sprint was a gentle walk, but Kaur was guaranteed victory in the 100-years-and-over category at the New Zealand event, which has attracted 25,000 competitors. Kaur took up athletics at the age of 93 with no prior sports experience until her son Gurdev Singh suggested she join him in competing on the international masters’ games circuit.
101-year-old Indian woman wins 100 meter dash at World Masters Games in New Zealand as the only competitor in the 100+ age category. pic.twitter.com/P8VYoTW9Bm
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As she took up sports in her later life, Kaur had to clear a number of medical check-ups. After having done that, this mother-son duo has taken part in many of masters athletics meets around the globe.
Kaur who is referred to as the “miracle from Chandigarh” in New Zealand media, believes that participation was more integral to her than racing the clock. Immensely happy over her victory, she said, “I enjoyed it and am very, very happy,”.
“I’m going to run again, I’m not going to give up. I will participate, there’s no full stop.”
In future, Kaur intends to compete in the 200m sprint, two kilogrammes shot put and 400-gramme javelin in Auckland. To maintain her health despite her age, she consumes restricted and healthy diet, said her son.
Delighted to host Kaur, World Masters Games 2017 chief executive Jennah Wootten said: “Man Kaur truly personifies the ‘sport for all’ philosophy which World Masters Games is all about and we are thrilled to have her here”.
“I have no doubt that she and many of the other 24,905 athletes competing in these games are inspiring others to lead more active lifestyles and take up a sport.” she added.