101-year-old Man Kaur wins gold in 100m at World Masters Games

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A 101-year-old Indian sprinter has matched Usain Bolt in achieving the 100m and 200m double at a global sporting event.

The only runner in her age category, Man Kaur crossed the finish line in 2 minutes and 58 seconds to win gold at the World Masters Games in Auckland on Wednesday, where she is the oldest competitor taking part.

The victory came after Kaur claimed gold in the 100m on Monday, while earlier on Wednesday, she had also won gold in the shot put with a throw of 2.1 metres.

She has been described as the "miracle from Chandigarh" in New Zealand's media.

"I'm very happy to win the gold medal," Kaur said after the 200m race.

“I enjoyed it and am very, very happy,” she told reporters. “I’m going to run again, I’m not going to give up. I will participate, there’s no full stop.”

Kaur has won 17 gold medals since her career in athletics began at the age of 93. She had no prior sporting experience before her son Gurdev Singh suggested she join him in competing on the international masters' games circuit.

After a medical check-up, she was given the all-clear and since then, mother and son have taken part in many masters athletics meets around the world.

Asked what was key to her success at the age of 101, Kaur explained it was simple.

"She eats healthy food, and trains every day," her son said as he translated from Punjabi.

Kaur won the 100 metres sprint at the World Masters Games in Auckland on Monday and celebrated her victory with a little dance. 

She had completed the race in one minute 14 seconds.

World Masters Games 2017 chief executive Jennah Wootten said: “Man Kaur truly personifies the ‘sport for all’ philosophy which World Masters Games is all about and we are thrilled to have her here. 

"I have no doubt that she and many of the other 24,905 athletes competing in these games are inspiring others to lead more active lifestyles and take up a sport.”

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