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101 year-old woman runs and throws her way to four golds at World Masters Games

Man Kaur, 101, won four gold medals, in the field and on the track, at the 2017 World Masters Games and plans to keep on running.

Man Kaur

From the track to the field, centenarian Man Kaur did it all at the World Masters Games.

The 101-year-old from India won four gold medals at the Auckland, New Zealand championships which attracts upwards of 25,000 competitors across sports. Kaur won gold in the 100m, 200m, javelin and the shot put. In those events, Kaur ran 1:14 for the 100m, 2:58 for the 200m, threw 2.1m in the shot put and 5.12m in the javelin.

Kaur is eight years into her running career after getting into the sport at 93. In 2016, Kaur competed at the Americas Masters Games in Vancouver; she bettered her 100m time by seven seconds this past weekend in New Zealand compared to her 2016 performance in British Columbia. Kaur says she got into the sport when her son suggested she take up running.


Her 100m win marked the 17th gold medal at the world level of her career before she added three more to take the lifetime tally to 20. Kaur was the only contestant in each of her four events, varying in category from W100 (100m) to W90+ (200m).

“I’m going to run again,” she said post-race, through an interpreter, when asked what she will be doing next. The World Masters Games closing ceremony wraps up the event on April 30.