Golden Bolt

Good morning everyone,

We'll continue to enjoy gorgeous weather this weekend and at least until the middle of next week. By Tuesday, the mercury will drop down and we can expect highs of only 24C or 25C in the middle of the week. Thursday is looking overcast and we may see some rain on Friday to accompany that cooler weather.

I scour the papers regularly for 'good' news stories and usually the best thing I can come up with is a grand opening for a new café or a new flavour of Haagen Dazs ice cream...ha ha! Not today though...have you heard about the 'Golden Bolt'?
hidekichi miyazaki

The fleet-footed Japanese centenarian raced into the Guinness World Records reference book on Wednesday and declared himself a “medical marvel” as he continues to stalk sprint king Usain Bolt. Hidekichi Miyazaki, dubbed “Golden Bolt” after the fastest man on the planet, clocked 42.22 seconds in Kyoto to set a 100-meter world record in the over-105 age category—one for which no mark previously existed—a day after reaching the milestone age. “I’m not happy with the time,” the pint-sized Miyazaki told AFP in an interview after catching his breath. “I started shedding tears during the race because I was going so slowly. Maybe I’m getting old!”

“I’m still a beginner, you know,” he said, grinning from ear to ear. “I’ll have to train harder. Training was going splendidly, so I had set myself a target of 35 seconds. I can still go faster.” “I will say this: I’m proud of my health,” added Miyazaki, the poster boy for Japan’s healthy elderly in a country with one of the world’s highest life expectancies. “The doctors gave me a medical examination a couple of days ago and I’m fit as a fiddle. “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.”

Dressed in his trademark red, tight shorts hiked just a bit too high, Miyazaki got off to a wobbly start before finding a gentle rhythm and trotting across the finish line to loud cheers, greeted by his great-grandchildren carrying bouquets. Cheekily, he celebrated by striking Bolt’s famous “lightning” pose before being presented with a certificate from Guinness officials. Asked about Bolt’s latest heroics at last month’s athletics world championships in Beijing, Miyazaki screwed up his nose and said with a chuckle: “He hasn’t raced me yet!”

Miyazaki, who holds the 100-meter world record for centenarians at 29.83 seconds, insisted there was still time for a dream race against the giant Jamaican. “I would still love to compete against him,” said Miyazaki, who loses valuable seconds because he cannot hear the starter’s gun go off.

Miyazaki, who was born in 1910—the year Japan annexed Korea and when the Titanic was still being built—only took up running in his early 90s and prepares for races by taking a short catnap beforehand. He stands just 1.53 meters tall and weighs in at 42 kilograms. He trains religiously by popping a kilogram weight into a rucksack and going for daily walks around his local park in Kyoto, where he now lives. “It’s all about willpower,” Miyazaki said of his need for speed. “You have to keep going.”

Japanese television crews jostled as Miyazaki arrived for his record tilt sporting dapper white slacks and a Panama hat. After his race, the Japanese iron man proved he was pretty good at the shot put too, tossing a best effort of 3.25 meters before calling it a day. “I can’t think about retiring,” said Miyazaki, whose next competition is next month’s Japanese Masters Championships. “I have to continue for a few more years, to show my gratitude to my fans.”

What an amazing fellow! If reading this story doesn't inspire you to get up and be a bit more active, nothing will!

Have a great day!


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