Indian female centenarian runner from Chandigarh Man Kaur made history by winning a gold medal at the ‘World Masters Game’ in Auckland on Monday. Kaur clocked a time of 1 minute 14 seconds to finish the 100-meter sprint. This was the 17the gold medal in the Indian athlete’s late-blooming career. Kaur ended a mere 64.42 seconds of Ussain Bolt’s 100m world record set in 2009. In truth her dash become more of a gentle amble to close the tiny centenarian came to the finish line with more energy spent beaming at spectators than running. She was the oldest competitor at the ‘World Masters Games’, an international sporting event that is open to athletes above the age of 25. She is not resting on her laurels yet through. She is planning to compete in other events at the tournament, including the 200-metre race, shot put and javelin throw in the 100-plus category.
The Masters Games takes place every four years, with several regional events taking place as well. The event is governed by the International Masters Games Association and does not require any country delegation for participation. It is open to anyone who are over the age of 35, while for some sports the minimum age criterion is between 25 and 35, depending on the sport. After finishing the race, Kaur told reporters that she will go on and not stop, as quoted from Times of India, “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.”
Man Kaur is a veteran in her category having 20 medals so far across five Masters edition. Kaur took up athletics eight years ago, at the age of 93. Her son -78-year old Gurdev Singh was the first to suggest her to compete on the international games circuit. After a medical check-up she was given the all-clear and since then the mother and son have taken part in the dozens of masters athletics meets around the globe. At the age of 93, Kaur was diagnosed with heart ailment which prompted her to become an athlete. Interestingly, at this age Kaur runs almost 20 kilometres a day once in the morning and maintains a very healthy and simple diet to keep herself fit.