An interview with the world’s oldest female athlete, Man Kaur

101-year-old Indian athlete Man Kaur wins 100 metres sprint at World Masters Games

India’s 101-year-old athlete Man Kaur has won the 100 metres sprint at the World Masters Games in Auckland. By completing the race in one minute 14 seconds, she scored her 17th gold medal for her atheletic career which started at the age of 93.
She was the only participant in the 100-years-and-over category at the New Zealand event which attracted 25,000 competitors. For Man Kaur it is the participation that matters and not winning. “I’m going to run again, I’m not going to give up. I will participate, there’s no full stop”, she told New Zealand media who dubbed her as the “miracle from Chandigarh”.
Before the age of 93, when she started her career in athletics, she had no sporting experience at all. It was her son Gurdev Singh who suggested her to join him in competing on the international masters games circuit.
During the World Masters Games in Auckland, she was cleared to run only after a medical examination.
Gurdev Singh said that his mother was on a strict diet consisting wheat grass juice and a daily glass of kefir (fermented milk), as reported by AFP.
“Man Kaur truly personifies the ‘sport for all’ philosophy which World Masters Games is all about and we are thrilled to have her here,” Jennah Wootten, chief executive of World Masters Games 2017 told AFP.

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