KYOTO, Japan — In less than 45 seconds, one man proved two popular sayings to be true: Exercise is good for the body and age ain’t nothing but a number.
105-year-old Hidekichi Miyazak became the oldest competitive sprinter recently after running in the 100 meter dash at a competition in Japan.
According to the Guinness World Records, Miyazak ran the race in 42.22 seconds, beating his own previous record.
Afterwards he said, “Today my target was 35 seconds … I shed tears of disappointment because I was not in good condition. I am not satisfied with today’s time. But I am satisfied that I could cross finish line.”
Guinness adds, “Mr Miyazaki’s record is all the more incredible as he picked up the sport in his 90s, explaining that he started running as he needed a new hobby to do on his own as many of his friends that he had played the board game Go with had sadly passed away.”