Hidekichi Miyazaki, a 105-year-old fleet-footed Japanese raced into the Guinness World Records reference book on Wednesday, 23rd September 2015. “Golden Bolt” after the fastest man on the planet, clocked 42.22 seconds in Kyoto to set a 100 meters world record in the over-105 age category. There is no one with this mark previously. He declared himself a “medical marvel” as he continues to stalk sprint king Usain Bolt.
He said that “I’m not happy with the time. I started shedding tears during the race because I was going so slowly. Perhaps I’m getting old!” He also said that “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 turbo-charged geriatrics 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 alarmingly 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.
Hidekichi Miyazaki in an interview said that “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.”