105-year-old 'Golden Bolt' sets world record for 100m

  • Hidekichi Miyazaki ran the distance a day after his 105th birthday
  • The Japanese pensioner said he was not happy at his 'slow' time of 42.22 seconds
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A 105-year-old man has set a world record by running the 100 metres just one day after his birthday.

Japanese pensioner Hidekichi Miyazaki, who took up the sport in his 90s, was the first person in the 105-plus category to run the 100 metres, according to AFP.

He said he was not content with his Guiness World Record-beating time of 42.22 seconds, aiming for a personal best of 35 seconds.

"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," Mr Miyazaki told AFP at the end of his race.

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Perhaps I'm getting old," Mr Miyazaki said at the end of his race

His time compares with current world champion Usain Bolt's record of 9.58, less than a quarter of the time taken by the centenarian.

Dubbing himself the "Golden Bolt" - with characteristic arm gesture to match - the 105-year-old is still considered in top physical condition by his doctors, he said.

"My brain might not be the sharpest but physically I'm tip-top,” he said.

The doctors are amazed by me. I can definitely keep on running for another two or three years.

Hidekichi Miyazaki

“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.”

According to the World Health Organisation's (WHO) statistics for life longevity in 2014, Japanese women came top with a life expectancy of 87 years old.

The number of Japanese people aged 100 or older hit 60,000 for the first time - of which 87% will again be women, according to AFP.

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