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Posted: September 25, 2015

105-year-old sprinter sets new record


By Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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Hidekichi Miyazaki just turned 105-years-old.

He’s also the world's oldest competitive sprinter.

On Wednesday he broke his own record for oldest competitive sprinter while running the 100-meter dash at the Kyoto Masters Athletics Autumn Competition in Kyoto, Japan.

He finished the race in just 42.22 seconds.

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Miyazaki had previously broken the same record by running the 100 meter dash in 34.10 seconds at the age of 103. 

This week, Miyazaki was happily greeted by his grandchildren when he crossed the finish line, but he couldn’t help but be disappointed.

“Today my target was 35 seconds. I shed tears of disappointment because I was not in good condition. I am not satisfied with today's time. But I am satisfied that I could cross finish line,” he said.

Miyazaki, also known as “Golden Bolt” after Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, told Guinness World Records that he started running competitively in his 90s when he was seeking a new hobby.

“My secret is that health comes first,” he said.

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