Oldest Professional Athlete Just Ran 100 Metres In 42 Seconds
Hidekichi Miyazaki of Japan set a new record as the world’s oldest competitive sprinter this week, one day after turning 105, but said he was disappointed at falling short of his own personal best. “I wanted to shave off a few more seconds as I got 36 seconds while training,” Miyazaki, told the media after completing his heat with a time of 42.22 on Wednesday at the Kyoto Masters Athletics Autumn Competition. His personal record of 34.10, chalked up when he was 103, remains unbeaten for any one who is more than a 100 years old.
Born on Sept. 22, 1910, Miyazaki was already eight when World War One ended and the Titanic was being built and 34 when Japan was defeated in World War Two. According to the Guinness World Records about oldest professional athlete, Miyazaki did not start running until he was in his 90s, since many of the friends with whom he had played the Japanese board game “Go” had died.
Miyazaki is known as the “Golden Bolt” for imitating Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt’s famed lightening bolt pose. He also wants an opportunity to challenge the fastest man in the world. “I would still love to compete against him,” said Miyazaki, who loses valuable seconds because he cannot hear the starter’s gun go off.
“Two or three years ago Bolt came to Japan and said he wanted to meet me. There was a call about it but I was out and he left without meeting me. I felt deeply sorry,” he said.
Oldest professional athlete says that the secret to his success is exercising daily, eating in moderation and chewing food properly. “The doctors are all surprised. It’s all about being in good health,” he told reporters.
He stands just 1.53 metres (five feet) tall and weighs in at 42 kilograms (92 pounds). He trains rigourously by keeping a kilogram weight into a rucksack and walking daily around his local park in Kyoto, where he lives.
Japan, which on Monday marked “Respect for the Aged Day, tops the world in number of people over age 65 years old. The number of people over 80 topped 10 million for the first time, of whom 60,000 are over 100 years old, according to a report issued by the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Japan this week.
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