101-year-old Man Kaur bags gold in 100m event

She happens to be the only competitor in these events too in her age group.

She completed the sprint in an admiring 1 minute and 14.58 seconds.

The sprightly lady from Chandigarh did just that today, when most of India was in deep sleep, crossing the finishing line at a stadium in Auckland to win gold at the World Masters Games.

Man Kaur was, indeed, the only athlete in her category.

Since then, she and her son, who is 79, have been regulars on the circuit and Kaur has more than 20 medals, including winning the shot put and javelin in the American Masters games last summer.

The World Masters Games crowds will be seeing a lot more of Man Kaur yet.

With a jaunty victory dance, 101-year-old Man Kaur celebrated winning the 100 metres sprint at the World Masters Games in Auckland on Monday (April 24), the 17th gold medal in the Indian athlete's remarkable late-blooming career. The organisers are very happy for hosting such an inspirational event.

Man Kaur has raced her way to glory in many championships with training from son Gurdev Singh, who lives in Canada and is also a runner.

"Whatever he (her son) does, she does". I am going to run again.

Kaur runs five or 10 short distances every evening in her hometown of Chandigarh.

"I have no doubt that she and numerous other 24,905 athletes competing in these games are inspiring others to lead more active lifestyles and take up a sport", Wootten said. "I will participate, there's no full stop", Kaur was quoted telling to the reporters at the event.

Man Kaur, 101, celebrates after receiving her 100m gold medal at the World Masters Games.

"It's a sport for life, it's being active, it's about not letting age be a barrier to being active so she's wonderful". Interestingly, at this age Kaur runs nearly 20 kilometres a day once in the morning and maintains a very healthy and simple diet to keep herself fit.

  • Julie Sanders