September 2017 Age Is Just A Number
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For 101-year-old Man Kaur, from Chandigarh in India, age is just a number. The Masters athlete picked up the 17th gold medal of her career on April 24 at the World Masters Games in Auckland, New Zealand, completing the 100 metre sprint in one minute 14 seconds. "I enjoyed it, and I’m very, very happy”, Kaur said after the race. Kaur started participating in athletics events eight years ago, at the age of 93, following encouragement from her son Gurdev Singh, 78, who also competed in the Masters Games.
"When my Mum wins, she goes back to India, and she's excited to tell others, 'I have won so many medals for this country.' Winning makes her happy", Singh said. When training at home in Chandigarh, Kaur runs a number of short distances every evening - and she believes other women should follow in her footsteps. "She encourages them to run, not eat wrong foods, and they should encourage their children also to take part in the Games," said her son.