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101 reasons to run like mama!

Mann Kaur was approached by the Punjab government after her stupendous performance in the World Master’s Championship. ...

Mann Kaur took her 79-year-old son’s advice and started running, beating all those she met along the way, setting up her own world records... but the impressive 101-year-old awaits another championship in Spain when she turns 102!

She is the oldest athlete practicing on the tracks of Punjabi University Patiala. Mann Kaur who turned 101 years old this year, has many records to her name. She has won four gold medals in the World Masters Athletics Championships in 100 meters, 200 meters, javelin throw and shot put. The sprightly centurion broke the previous record of an American lady in 100 m by three seconds. She also broke the Guinness World Record for javelin with a throw of 5.12 meters!

That the 101-year-old Mann Kaur is an inspiration is an understatement. After winning four gold medals at American Masters Games held in Vancouver this year, the 101-year-old moved to Punjabi University Patiala from Chandigarh, so that she can practice on a better track for the next year’s world master’s athletics championship!

Mann Kaur was approached by the Punjab government after her stupendous performance in the World Master’s Championship. When asked if she needed assistance, Kaur demanded that she needed better tracks to practice. The government then offered her training facilities at the Punjabi University campus along with a lodging facility. She has never let age dictate life, and Kaur and her 79-year-old son Gurdev Singh who is also an athlete in his age group, immediately moved from Chandigarh to the Patiala campus.

Now, both Mann and son Gurdev can be seen in the throes of practice at the university. Mann herself works the track every alternate day, completing five sprints of 50 meters or 30 meters, and sometimes even 100 meters. “When I hear people clapping and egging me on to run, it motivates and encourages me to run again and again,” says Mann Kaur, enthusiastically.

Gurdev feels a balanced diet is the most important reason for his mother’s admirable fitness. “I give her soya milkshake every morning which I make at home. The chapatis she eats are made of wheat sprouts, she also has nuts and a special yogurt,” says Singh.