For many, this 102-year-old athlete might look like any other average senior citizen, but for Mann Kaur, age is just a number. Hailing from Punjab, this veteran athlete is showing no signs of slowing down, after she went on to make the country proud with her remarkable feat.
Known as the ‘Miracle from Chandigarh’, Kaur has recently added another feather to her cap by winning gold at the World Masters Athletics Championships in Malaga, Spain. The World Masters Athletics Championships involves events like track and field, cross country, and road running events, for athletes above 35 years of age.
Though, this is isn't the first time that Mann Kaur has done something of this sort. While many athletes start training at an early age, but Man Kaur's case was different as she took up the sport at the age of 93.
Taking inspiration from her son 78-year-old son, Gurdev, who also is an athlete himself, she rose to prominence last year after she won the gold medal at the World Masters Games in Auckland, New Zealand. Prior to that, she has won gold medals in the 100m and 200m races at the Nationals in 2011.
A video posted by the History channel gives us the intricate details of the senior citizen and her journey towards taking up the sport. Her sons revealed that her healthy life and discipline is the secret to her success at this age. Most notably in the video, her son said that when she ran for the first time, she completed the race in 1 minute and 14 seconds.
Needless to say, the achievement of India's oldest female athlete didn't go unnoticed. Many people hailed her recent feat on social media, including former Bollywood actor and Ironman athlete himself, Milind Soman. Here are the best reactions:
Apart from running, Mann Kaur is also known to have tried her hand at javelin throw and shot put. She had represented India in both these disciplines at the 2017 World Masters Games.
With a staggering 20 World Masters medals to her name, Kaur's story serves as great inspiration for young athletes. Not resting on her past laurels, she now eyes glory at the World Masters 2020 which will be held in Japan.