Still sprinting at 101 years old
‘‘She inspires everyone’’
Man Kaur is the world’s fastest 101-year-old Indian.
In fact, she’s the only woman at her age to be doing what she’s doing.
Kaur will compete in the 100m, 200m, shot put, and javelin at this year’s World Masters Games which started in Auckland this week.
She’s the only contestant in her age bracket - over 100 years - meaning she’ll automatically pick up gold in each of the four events.
She’s also the oldest competitor at the games by six years.
Her son, 79-year-old Gurdev, who is also competing in Auckland, was the one who got her career started when she was at the tender age of 93.
While he was competing, he noticed a number of older women athletes running around and thought his mother could do the same.
‘‘I took her to the grounds and saw she could run 400m without any problem,’’ Gurdev said.
‘‘And that was the start of her athletic life.’’
Since then, she’s competed in the United States, Canada, and Taiwan, picking up a number of gold medals.
Despite being diagnosed with osteoporosis in her back, she still manages to run around the track and her time for the 100m Amer- ican Masters in August was a brisk time of one minute 23 seconds - her personal best being one minute and one second.
Gurdev said it came down to a balanced lifestyle.
‘‘She’s eating good food and training and there’s no ill will against anyone, so her mind is very good,’’ he said.
‘‘She inspires everyone. There’s so many people in India, they’re writing every time on Facebook about how she is doing.
‘‘When she finishes a race or event so many people like her, so many people want to have a photograph with her, so that’s good for her.’’
It’s Kaur’s first time to New Zealand and although she is excited for her events, there’s no time for sightseeing as she flies back to India as soon as she’s done.
The World Masters Games began with an extravagant opening ceremony at Eden Park on Friday night.
The games will host close to 25,000 athletes in what is one of the biggest sporting events of its kind in the world.
With over 28 sports and 45 disciplines, the games is expected to boost Auckland’s economy by adding $30.8 million to Auckland’s GDP and 244,000 visitors.
The event wraps up on April 30.
Man Kaur, at 101 years old, will compete in four events at the World Masters Games. Gurdev Kaur