Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

This 101-year-old international athlete just can’t stop winning gold medals (and hearts)


Even when the world feels bleak, some things are guaranteed to induce a burst of happiness. Unexpectedly finding a £10 in your coat pocket is one. Walking down a leafy street, an orange and pink sunset spilling over the rooftops, is another. And inspirational stories about joyful elderly people living their best lives are so mood-boosting, they could arguably be classed as a form of alternative therapy.

This week’s Joyful Elderly Person Living Her Best Life is 101-year-old Man Kaur, a gold medal-winning athlete from Chandigarh, India.

Kaur took home three gold medals at the World Masters Games in New Zealand this week, coming in first place in the 100m and 200m sprints and the javelin categories.

True, there was no one else competing against her in the 100-and-over age group – but that didn’t dampen Kaur’s enthusiasm one bit.

Kaur did a happy little victory dance after completing the 100m dash in 1:14:00 on Monday, cheered on by a watching crowd. The Times of India reports that Kaur’s winning time was “a mere 64:42 seconds off” Usain Bolt’s world record.

“I enjoyed it and am very, very happy,” Kaur told reporters, through an Punjabi interpreter.

Read more: This couple asked their grandmas to be flower girls at their wedding

On Thursday, Kaur won the javelin category with a throw of 5.12m.

Kaur, who apparently sticks to a strict diet including wheat grass juice and a daily glass of kefir (fermented milk), only took up athletics eight years ago at the age of 93.

man kaur

Man Kaur taking part in the javelin competition at the World Masters Games in New Zealand on Thursday.

Kaur’s move into sports came at the behest of her son, Gurdev Singh, who was 71 at the time.

Singh, already a regular competitor on the international masters games circuit (for “veteran” athletes), asked her mother if she’d like to join him.

Read more: Retired banker releases her first app (oh, and she’s 81)

Explaining how he’d sold the idea, 79-year-old Singh said he told his mother: “You have no problem, no knee problem, no heart problem – you should start running.”

Since then, the dynamic duo have competed in dozens of masters athletics meets around the world, and Kaur insists that the New Zealand games will not be the last time she competes.

“I’m going to run again, I’m not going to give up,” she says. “I will participate – there’s no full stop.”

Images: Getty Images


date night.JPG

The beautiful true story behind this ‘date night’ photo will break you


Elderly woman finds £5 note worth £50k, donates it to “young people”


This badass 89-year-old woman is the world’s oldest working surgeon



The best A-list Instagrams from the week so far

From Gal Gadot's daughter to David Beckham's sweet tribute

by Nicola Colyer
27 Jun 2017

Amy Poehler is here to fight for your right to be an idiot

Because why should women always have to be the sensible ones?

by Moya Crockett
27 Jun 2017

OITNB’s Julie Lake on how she transforms into the delightful Angie

This is what the cast go through to inhabit their characters

by Amy Swales
27 Jun 2017

Serena Williams hits back at claim she couldn’t beat top male players

John McEnroe said Williams would be “like 700” in the men’s rankings.

by Moya Crockett
27 Jun 2017

Juror in Bill Cosby case blames victim Andrea Constand's outfit

It's 2017 and we're still blaming sexual violence on how women dress

by Elle Griffiths
27 Jun 2017

Britney Spears on how ‘overwhelming’ anxiety caused 2007 breakdown

“There are moments where I look back and think: ‘What the hell was I thinking?’”

by Kayleigh Dray
27 Jun 2017

Sex and the City’s Kristin Davis gets honest about losing her hair

The actor began losing her hair after she finished filming SATC

by Kayleigh Dray
27 Jun 2017

“Why I won’t stop campaigning against the DUP”

As the DUP and the Conservatives reach a deal, one woman explains why we can't afford to get complacent

by Moya Crockett
26 Jun 2017

Jo Cox memorial plaque unveiled by her children in Parliament

“More in common”

by Amy Swales
26 Jun 2017

Chrissy Teigen isn’t about to let anyone shame her for using IVF

She knows exactly how to deal with bullying Twitter trolls

by Kayleigh Dray
26 Jun 2017