A ubiquitous saying, “Age is just a number” is often quoted. A 102-Year-Old Indian woman athlete from Patiala, Punjab – Mann Kaur has defied the numbers and really proved the adage true by winning a 200 m race in 3 minutes and 14.65 seconds, and thereby clinching the gold medal in World Masters Athletic championship. She was competing in 100-104 category championships – an Olympics-like event for elderlies held in Malaga, Spain, as reported by India Today.
Kaur’s winning is not only inspiring but also breaks the widespread stereotype. As soon as the news spread, the Twitter grew full of tweets expressing wishes and love for Kaur. Reportedly, Milind Soman, a Fitness Model and founder of Pinkathon, was one of the early wishers, who tweeted the news.
Son pushes Mann Kaur to pursue the passion
Kaur’s son, Guru Dev, a 78-year-old athlete, who also participated in world master athletic championships, motivates her to keep running till her health supports her passion, she shared in an interview to the History TV18 channel. The mother-son duo has been training at the Punjab University, Patiala. Kaur said, “I began racing for 100m in the beginning but then I went to the race.”
A proud moment for India! Mann Kaur, India’s oldest female athlete, wins the 200m Gold Medal in the age group of 100 – 104 at the World Masters Athletics Championships. Watch this video to know more about her age-defying achievements. #OMGIndia pic.twitter.com/CMrNnqWRiv
— HISTORY TV18 (@HISTORYTV18) September 11, 2018
According to The Indian Express, Man Kaur, India’s oldest woman athlete began her athletics career at the age of 93. In today’s era, due to the growing unhealthy lifestyle ailments, one can hardly dream of achieving such a feat. Speaking to History Channel, she said, “No problem is great if you have faith in God. The important thing is doing the thing which brings you joy, I get that joy in running.”
Last year in April, Mann Kaur had also won a 100m race in World Masters Championship held in Auckland, New Zealand.
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According to India Today, in 2016, Kaur became the fastest centenarian by completing the race first in 1 min and 14 secs at American Masters Game, held in Vancouver, Canada. Reportedly, She had also danced for expressing her joy for victory. She has won more than 20 medals in many other championships like World Masters Game and American masters.
The Logical Indian Take
Kaur’s will, enthusiasm and efforts have made her achieve this commendable feat. Also, this is also the story of impeccable spirit and bond of this mother-son duo which in a way also educates the society, wherein many children abandon their elderly parents, and leave them wailing in misery. The Logical Indian salutes and congratulates Mann Kaur, for her exceptional victories in her athletic career and inspiring the millennials.