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Still Going Strong

Stories of Senior Citizens still being Active

"Over the Hill to these seniors is not the end, it's just the beginning."

 

Fauja Singh
104-year-old British Indian runner Fauja Singh was still running marathons right up until his 102nd birthday. Now retired, he still holds the record for his age group in the 100 metres. A frequent marathon participant, Singh became the first 100-year-old to finish a marathon in 2011, with an 8:11:06 time at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon. He was also once featured in an Adidas ad campaign, alongside David Beckham and Muhammad Ali.

 

Hidekichi Miyazaki
A 105-year-old Hidekichi Miyazaki has broken his own world record as the world's oldest competitive sprinter - and caught the eye of his hero Usain Bolt in the process. Hidekichi Miyazaki, who goes by the nickname 'Golden Bolt', finished a 100-metre sprint in just 42.22 seconds at the Kyoto Masters Athletics Autumn Competition on Thursday to enter his name into the Guinness Book of Records. He celebrated with the iconic pose of his favourite sprinter. The world's fastest man, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, recognised the feat on Twitter, accompanied by a picture of the feat. Born on September 22, 1910, Miyazaki still has hopes of racing against Bolt - and believes his best is still yet to come.

Ida Keeling 100-Year-Old Finishe 100 Meter Race, Celebrates With Pushups (youtube)



Edith Wilma Connor
80-year-old Edith Wilma Connor was named the Guinness World Records' "Oldest Living Female Bodybuilder" in 2012, after she competed in the NPC Armburst Pro Gym Warrior Classic Bodybuilding Championship. The Denver, Colorado native, who has a total of sixteen children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, began lifting in her early 60s when she began to feel like her data entry job was making her stagnant. She won first place in the very first competition she entered -- the Grand Masters in Las Vegas -- on her 65th birthday. Connor now works out no less than three times a week and lifts more weight than some men in their 20s.



Ms. Willie Murphy
Ms. Willie Murphy - 77 years old
"I can shovel my own snow. And I can push my car if it gets stuck in the snow... I'm almost 80 years old and I am still living life." Exercise is key to staying healthy. You don't have to be a world-class weight lifter or do one-handed pull ups, she said, just do enough so that "you are moving something and the blood is flowing in your body." 77-year-old and weighing 105 pounds, Ms. Willie Murphy is a Self-taught, self-trained world-class weight lifter. Murphy deadlifted 215 pounds at the WNPF Championships, held Nov. 15 and 16 in Atlanta, and handily won her division in the deadlift competition. She also came home with first-place awards in power curl, bench press, bench press repetitions and the World Natural Powerlifting Federation 2014 Lifter of the Year award, as well as, awards at the WNPF New York State Powerfest competition in Henrietta. In addition to lifting more than twice her weight, Murphy can do one-handed pull-ups, one-handed pushups, fingertip pushups, and the pushups where you put your fingers in diamond formation and press your nose all the way to the floor. Murphy is quick to point out that her strength is all natural. "None of those steroids for me," she said, setting down a barbell.



Chan Berbary
Chan Berbary, 68, competes in the 65 to 69-year-old division of the 2010 National Masters Weightlifting Championships in New York, April 9, 2010.

Stanislaw Kowalski, 104, set a new European record for his age category, running 100 meters in 32.79 seconds at Poland’s Wroclaw Stadium. He smashed his previous personal best of 34 seconds. Speaking after the race, he said: “I feel like I’m in heaven right now.” His words of advice, “It’s healthier to eat less then it is to eat more.” (youtube)

95-year-old Charles Eugster sets a new age-group World Record in the indoor 200m - his age-group is 95 years and over. His new record of 55.48" knocked a massive
2.4" off the previous record, set by American Orville Rogers in March 2013.
Read more about him at Silver Grey Sports Club

W. Valley Weightlifter Sets Bench-Press Record – World Champion at 91 – Sy Perlis (youtube)

54-year-old man breaks world record for pull-ups (youtube) 
4,321 pull-ups in a 24-hour period


Robert Marchand
Frenchman Robert Marchand. To mark his 100th birthday in 2012, French cyclist  rode 15.07 miles, setting a new record in the International Cycling Union's Masters +100 category. The veteran Frenchman, who lived through both world wars, then bested his own record in February 2015 by riding 17.76 miles on the cycling track at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines in France; clocking in ten percent faster at 103 than he rode at 100. Then in 2016 set a new world record Wednesday when he cycled 22.547 kilometers (about 14 miles) in an hour — at the age of 104. He is 1.52 meters (5-foot) tall and weighs 52 kilograms (115 pounds) — rode from Bordeaux to Paris, and Paris to Roubaix several times. He also cycled to Moscow from Paris in 1992. He eats fruits and vegetables, doesn't smoke, drinks wine only on occasion, goes to bed at 9 p.m. and exercises every day.


Lew Hollander
85-year-old Lew Hollander is the oldest man to have ever finished an Ironman race. He is also the oldest man to have ever finished an Ironman World Championship, which he did in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii at the age of 82.



Tao Porchon-Lynch
At 96, Tao Porchon-Lynch holds the Guinness World Records title for oldest yoga instructor. And that isn't the first impressive title she's held. Before entering the yoga industry, Porchon-Lynch had a storied career in show business, which included working as a fashion model in her native India, performing as a cabaret dancer under the guidance of famed playwright/director Noel Coward, winning a "Best Legs in Europe" contest, and acting in Hollywood films like "The Last Time I Saw Paris," alongside Elizabeth Taylor. All these years later, Porchon-Lynch is still keeping those legs in shape, teaching an estimated 400 students at the Westchester Institute of Yoga in New York, which she and her husband founded in 1982.




Hiroshi Hoketsu
74-year-old Japanese equestrian rider Hiroshi Hoketsu, seen here on his horse "Whisper" in the Preliminaries for the 2012 Summer Olympics, has competed in the Olympics since 1964. He was the oldest athlete in both the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, placing 17th out of 24 competitors in the latter.




Morgan Shepherd
73-year-old Morgan Shepherd made history in 2012 for becoming the oldest driver in history to compete in a NASCAR sprint cup series race. He also made history in 2013 for leading three laps in a race at the Richmond International Raceway.




Artin Elmayan
98-year-old Artin Elmayan of Argentina is the world's oldest ranked tennis player. Elmayan still plays three times a week and says his biggest challenge is finding new partners in his age bracket.




Ivan Abrosimov
At 78, Russian swimmer Ivan Abrosimov still competes as part of a local winter swimmers' club. Here, he does push-ups on the bank of the Yenisei River, despite the sub-zero temperatures in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, November 23, 2014.



Don Fleming
Don Fleming, who played on the Barrie Flyers from 1956-7, still plays hockey to this day. Now 88, he is pictured here, competing in a three-day tournament for players above 80 in Burnaby, British Columbia.



Jane Soeten
87 year-old Jane Soeten has won gold medals in both the hammer throw and discus at the National Senior Olympics. She has also won a bronze medal in javelin at the event. Now 87-years-old, she plans to return to the games again in 2015.




Felimina Rotundo
Felimina Rotundo is 100 years old and still works 11 hours a day, six days a week at a Buffalo, New York, laundromat, and to her that seems perfectly normal. "I don't believe in retirement,'' Rotundo told TODAY.com. "I believe 65 is too young. If I retired at 65, what would I have done all these years? I would've gone crazy! I work because I love people. I want to be around people." Rotundo works from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Monday through Saturday at College Laundry Shoppe — washing and folding clothes — something she believes keeps her young. "That's why you have sick people in the old folks home,'' she said. "They didn't have enough to do and their mind deteriorated." Rotundo, who turned 100 in August, has been working for 85 years outside of the time she raised her two children with her late husband, who was a bartender. "My first job was working at a shoe factory in Annville, Pennsylvania, when I was 15 years old,'' she said. "Talk about slave labor. I was making about $10 a week, but I worked my 40 hours and never complained. I was glad to have a job."  She was a teenager during the Great Depression, which made a strong impact on her work ethic. She has worked in the Buffalo area for nearly 40 years. "You have to grow up during the Depression to know what it's like to have hard times,'' she said. "What are you going to do? You survive. That's what makes you grow up to work hard and make some money. It makes you independent and able to say you made it through the hard times." Rotundo lives three doors down from the laundromat and spends her time trying to stay busy. "I think being around a lot of people keeps your mind busy,'' she said. "I have to take a walk on Sunday in the afternoon with my dog because I'm not working. I don't spend too much time watching TV except the news. I read the paper every day because you get so much more out of the paper." She also hopes that her stamina at 100 years old can show others the value of the older population. "I think they throw old people away and forget about them,'' she said. "Not me. I want to keep working. I think they should keep old people working as long as they can. If old people are working and independent, it makes them feel so much different."



Elisabeth Davis

80 Years as a Secretary. Elisabeth Davis, 99, is celebrating an incredible 80 years as a secretary for Culver Academies in Indiana, where she carries out her work on her trusty typewriter. When Elisabeth Davis first got her current job as a secretary at a prep school in Indiana, she enjoyed it so much that she figured she would stay awhile. That was in 1936. Davis, 99, has reached an incredible milestone as she celebrates her 80th year as a secretary at Culver Academies in Culver, Indiana. Davis, shown during her days at Culver High School in 1931, started working at Culver Academies when Franklin D. Roosevelt was the president. Davis got the job shortly after graduating from Culver High School in 1935, starting off with assisting the dean. She now maintains all of the faculty information, keeping a hard copy of everything that she types up on her typewriter. The school has to order ribbon and any parts from Amazon because of the scarcity of anything typewriter-related. Davis has become a living historian of the prep school in Indiana and has no plans to retire any time soon. "I haven't learned a lot of that, and I haven't tried to learn it,'' she said. "I figure I won't be here much longer, I guess." The school has grown from 34 students when she started to 814 today. The only time Davis wasn't at her desk was when she took a leave of absence for a few years until her son and daughter were both in school. She is now a grandmother of six and a great-grandmother of five. Davis lives close to the school and gets a ride every day from co-workers. "They're wonderful,'' she said. "They're very good to me." She never considered getting a job anywhere else, and retirement never crossed her mind, either. After her husband of 59 years, Eldon, died in 2004, the job has helped keep her active. "I just live day by day,'' she said. "If there comes a time when I feel like it, I will, but I don't feel like retiring."





91 year old Johanna Quaas was certified as the Guinness World Record holder nearly five years ago, and the world’s oldest gymnast is still going strong. The 91-year-old German competed at the International German Gymnastics Festival in Berlin earlier this month. “My face is old, but my heart is young,” Quaas said in April, according to the Straits Times. “Maybe the day I stop doing gymnastics is the day I die.” Quaas first competed in gymnastics in 1934, then became a coach and a physical education teacher. She took a number of years off before returning to training in 1982 after having three daughters and has since become a great-grandmother, according to reports. Quaas gained viral fame in 2012, when YouTube videos of her routines were posted that have since gained some 10 million views. “My proudest moment so far was when I was 84 years old and there was no one in my age group competing in the championships,” Quaas said, according to the Straits Times. “So they put me with the others in the 70-75 age group and I still won by one point.”
91-year-old gymnast leaps over competition | DW English (youtube)
World's Oldest Gymnast - Meet The Record Breakers - Guinness World Records (youtube)




Diana Nyad
65-year-old distance swimmer Diana Nyad. In August 2013, she became the first person to swim non-stop from Florida to Cuba without a shark cage; clocking in approximately 110 miles in 53 hours at 64 years of age.

John Maultsby 50th State Marathon (video)
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