100-year-old steals the show at Vancouver meet after getting into running at 93

Man Kaur, a 100-year-old runner from India, stole the show at the Americas Masters Games in Vancouver by racing and doing infield pushups (photo: Charmaine Crooks).

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One hundred metres at 100 years old.

Man Kaur, a 100-year-old Indian woman was the centre of attention at the Americas Masters Games this week in Vancouver. She ran 1:21.57 for the 100m race and only got into the sport when she was 93, after taking the suggestion of her son.

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“Running makes me happy and I want to help the next generation,” Kaur says. The 100-year-old was seen doing push-ups in the infield between events as she also won gold in the shot put and javelin.

Kaur has won 20 gold medals at masters championships held around the world.

The event is for athletes aged 30 and above and provides an alternative for those living in the Americas to compete at an event other than the World Masters Championships. One of Canada’s most famous masters runners, Ed Whitlock, did not compete at the Vancouver event.

A world record was also set at the athletics portion of the competition courtesy a star-studded Canadian 800m lineup who ran as part of the 4x800m relay on Monday.

The Canadian quartet set a new women’s 40-plus world record at the Americas Masters Games. The squad, which featured some of Canada’s best-ever distance runners, ran 9:16.91 to improve the old record by two seconds.

The W40 team consisted of Shari Boyle, Dianne Cummins, Courtney Babcock and Larissa MacMillan. The previous record was 9:18.33, set in 2013 in the United States.

Babcock, 44, holds the Canadian record in the women’s 5,000m (14:54.98) and held the 10,000m record until 2015. She was inducted into the University of Michigan’s track and field hall of fame in 2004.

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Cummins is one of the greatest 800m runners in Canadian history and held the national record in the event for 14 years until Melissa Bishop broke the mark in 2015. The now 42-year-old has a lifetime best of 1:58.39. Bishop broke the record for the first time at the 2015 world championships and the latest improvement of the record – now 1:57.02 – came at the Rio Olympics.

The Pan Am Games medallist also won the individual women’s 40-plus 800m race at the Americas Masters Games.

The athletics portion of the America Masters Games began on Aug. 27 and will finish on Aug. 31 with the half-marathon at 7 a.m. local time. The track events are being held at Rashpal Dhillon Track & Field Oval at the University of British Columbia.