Friday, September 25, 2015
Oldest Competitive Sprinter: Hidekichi Miyazaki breaks Guinness World Records record (VIDEO)
KYOTO, Japan -- Hidekichi Miyazaki, 105, dubbed "Golden Bolt" after the fastest man on the planet, clocked 42.22 seconds in Kyoto to set a 100 metres world record in the over-105 age category, thussetting the new world record for the Oldest Competitive Sprinter,
according to the World Record Academy.
Photo: Hidekichi Miyazaki, 105, imitates the pose of Usain Bolt in Kyoto, western Japan.
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"I'm not happy with the time," the pint-sized Miyazaki told AFP in an interview after recovering his wind. "I started shedding tears during the race because I was going so slowly. Perhaps I'm getting old!"
Indeed, so leisurely was his pace that Bolt could have run his world record of 9.58 four times, or practically completed a 400 metres race -- a fact not lost on Miyazaki.
"I'm still a beginner, you know," he said, grinning from ear to ear. "I'll have to train harder. Training was going splendidly, so I had set myself a target of 35 seconds. I can still go faster."
"The doctors gave me a medical examination a couple of days ago and I'm fit as a fiddle."
Miyazaki, who was born in 1910 -- the year Japan annexed Korea and when the Titanic was still being built -- only took up running in his early 90s and prepares for races by taking a sneaky catnap.
He stands just 1.53 metres (five feet) tall and weighs in at 42 kilograms (92 pounds). He trains religiously by popping a kilogram weight into a rucksack and going for daily walks around his local park in Kyoto, where he now lives.
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