Whoa, this 105-year-old runner just set a world record for sprinting
Real talk, most of us will be lucky if we’re, like, ALIVE by 105. Hidekichi Miyazaki has been alive for a century and then some, but just sticking it out isn’t good enough for the centenarian. Miyazaki picked up running in his 90s after his friends began to pass away, and he is now the oldest living competitive sprinter.
Today we’re celebrating Miyazaki because this week the athlete set a world record for running.As the Daily Mail reports, on Thursday Miyazaki became the oldest competitive sprinter, running the 100 meter sprint at an over-80s meet in Kyoto. Miyazaki ran his sprint in 42.22 seconds. It’s worth noting that this is only 32.64 than world’s fastest sprinter Usain Bolt’s world record.
You’d think Miyazaki would be jumping for joy that he completed the race, much less set a world record. But Miyazaki, he of the sky-high standards, was actually not super-impressed with himself. “Today my target was 35 seconds,’ Miyazaki told the press after the race was through. “I shed tears of disappointment because I was not in good condition. I am not satisfied with today’s time. But I am satisfied that I could cross the finish line.” Well, at least he’s giving himself a LITTLE bit of credit, goodness knows he deserves basically ALL the credit for his superhuman feat. In a gesture of total sweetness, Usain Bolt AKA the fastest man alive sent Miyazaki a shout out on Twitter:
And in another gesture of sweetness/friendly rivalry, Bolt’s agent told TMZ that Bolt would love to run with Miyazaki next time Bolt is in Japan, accepting the good-natured challenge that Miyazaki threw Bolt’s way after winning his race this week.
Now THAT is a race we want to see. While we wait for that awesomeness, congratulations again to Miyazaki for shooting for the moon and landing among the stars.
Check out the vid of the race below:
Image via Twitter