Chandigarh to China: 101-year-old athlete aims to create history

101-year-old Punjab-based sprinter Mann Kaur who participates in the age category of 100+, has won more than 20 medals in Masters Games across the globe. Kaur who has been nominated for ‘Laureus World Best Sporting Moment of the year 2017’ award, is currently, gearing up for Asia Masters Athletics Championship at Rugao in China, later this month

Chandigarh to China: 101-year-old athlete aims to create history

If you still struggle to adopt a healthy lifestyle, look no further than centenarian sprinter  Mann Kaur for inspiration. Kaur has impeccable fitness levels, is always ready to take up any challenge and does all her chores by herself.“People should adopt a healthy lifestyle in order to enjoy their life,” advised Kaur.

Kaur  has won more than 20 medals in Masters Games, across the globe and was the oldest competitor who participated in shot put and javelin throw. Kaur who is currently gearing up to compete in Asia Masters Athletics Championship at Rugao in China said, “I believe that age is no bar, I will keep performing better and I will continue to run and take part in competitions as long as I can.”

Kaur follows a strict fitness and diet regime. On asking about her diet and fitness, her  son Gurdev Singh (79), who has taken part along with Kaur, in dozens of Masters Athletics meets around the globe, informed, “Her diet consists of kefir (fermented milk drink) every morning and roti (flat bread) twice-a-day, made only from sprouted wheat, dal and subzi. In the afternoon, she drinks home-made wheat grass juice. She avoids junk and fried food items.”

Chandigarh to China: 101-year-old athlete aims to create history

He added, we also train together, “Her fitness routine is designed by me. She practises running, javelin throw and short put every alternate day, at Patiala university ground and also hits the gym.”

According to Singh, eight years ago, he had encouraged his mother to start running, at the age of 93. “My mother was always fit, so I explained her that you have no problem, no knee problem, and no heart problem so you should start running.”

Now, Kaur is happy to be featured in the category for the Laureus award and seeks support from the people. “We appeal to people to vote for her by clicking on mylaureus.com ,” said Singh.

Earlier this year, in her final competition at the West Auckland in New Zealand, she broke the Guinness World Record for javelin with a throw of 5 metres and 12 centimetres.