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Grandma, 105, runs 100m in 45.40 seconds to set a new record

By wasmulhaq 
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Bengaluru: Running at the age of 105 looks like one of the wonders of the world. It is the truth. Rambai, the grand old lady, ran 100m in 45.40 seconds at the inaugural National Open Masters Athletics Championships, conducted by the Athletics Federation of India, which concluded in Vadodara on Sunday.

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“It’s a great feeling and I want to race again,” said the grand old lady of Indian athletics. Her next target is to take part in international tournaments. She is planning to apply for a passport.

Rambai has proved that age doesn’t matter. Her untiring spirit is appreciable. In fact, she is a global role model for millions of elderly people to never lose heart, no matter their age. Anything can be achieved. Age is not a hurdle.

When asked why she didn’t take part in any competition at a young age, the grand old lady of Haryana replied in a light mood: “Main to taiyar thi.” “Lekin, mere ko koi mauka hi nahi diya” (I was fully prepared to run, but no one gave me any opportunity).

Rambai, who was born on January 1, 1917, ran alone in Vadodara because there was no competition above 85. She participated in the above-100 category.

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She completed her 100m race successfully; a handful of spectators loudly cheered when she crossed the finishing line. She shattered the record of Man Kaur, who became an icon after bagging the 100m gold at the World Masters at the age of 10. Kaur had timed the 100m in 74 seconds.

Rambai’s granddaughter, Sharmila Sangwan, said her entire family is involved in sports. Several members of our family serving in the army have participated in national-level events. My grandmother first took part last November when I took her to Varanasi. After that, she participated in several events held in Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Kerala. She bagged a bagful of medals.

Rambai’s incessant laughter did not end when asked about her winning mantra. She described her diet as “I eat churma, dahi, and doodh, take 250 grams of ghee daily, and 500gm of curd.” She consumes 500ml of pure milk twice a day. She generally eats bajre ki roti (bread made of millet) and her inclination towards rice is low, Sharmila said.



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