Centenarian Man Kaur has not only won four gold medals at the World Masters Games 2017 but won the hearts of millions of fans all around the globe.
Ms Kaur was swamped with wishes, as all cameras zoomed and clicked to her bright face as she crossed the finishing line in the 100m and 200m race earlier this week. By achieving double gold medals at 100m and 200m at a global sporting event, Ms Kaur now joined the league headed by Usain Bolt.
The 101-year old ran the 100m on Monday, April 24 at 9:30 a.m. at the Trust Arena and finished the race beating her earlier record of 1 minute 21 seconds to 1 minute 14 seconds.
On Wednesday, April 26 she clinched her second gold for her 200m which she completed in 2 minute 58 seconds and the third gold in the shot put with a throw of 2.1 metres.
Her final take was at WMG 2017 was the 400g javelin throw in her age category on Thursday, April 27 scheduled at 10:50 a.m. at Trust Arena. In the javelin throw, she created another world record for her age with the 5.12m throw. With this new record, she may also get into the Guinness Book of World Records for the farthest javelin throw by an athlete in her age category.
“I feel really good winning all four gold medals, and this is not it, I will come back and compete again at the Master Games 2020 in Japan,” Ms Kaur told Indian Weekender.
As Ms Kaur appeared at the podium to receive her fourth gold medal, she was congratulated by fellow athletes and scores of fans who waited the whole morning to catch a close glimpse of her and take a picture. A Canadian athlete offered her sports t-shirt from Canada as a souvenir that symbolised her achievement in athletics, while others offered her bouquets seeking her blessing.
Accompanied by her athlete 79-year old son Gurdev, Ms Kaur will now tour the rest of New Zealand before travelling back to Punjab, India where her fans and family are eagerly waiting for her.
With WMG 2017, Ms Kaur has achieved a total of 20 Gold medals since her first haul eight years back.