Japanese centenarian Hidekichi Miyazaki also known as ‘Golden Bolt’ set a fresh record as the world’s oldest competitive sprinter on Wednesday, one day after turning 105. Miyazaki completed his heat with a time of 42.22. His personal record of 34.10, achieved when he was 103-years-old, remains in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Imitating the signature pose of the fastest man in the world, Jamaican Usain Bolt, Miyazaki said he would love the chance to race against the Olympic gold medallist.
“I will say this: I’m proud of my health. My brain might not be the sharpest but physically I’m tip-top. I’ve never had any health problems. The doctors are amazed by me. I can definitely keep on running for another two or three years.”
Miyazaki didn’t take up running until his 90s, when many of the friends he used to play board games with passed away and he was looking for an activity he could do on his own, Reuters reports.