Japanese centenarian 'Golden Bolt' dies

By Sports Desk January 26, 2019
Japanese sprinter Hidekichi Miyazaki. Japanese sprinter Hidekichi Miyazaki.

A Japanese centenarian affectionately known as the ‘Golden Bolt’ for his record-breaking exploits on the track, has died at the age of 108.

Hidekichi Miyazaki caught the attention of the world, including Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt, when he set the world record in the over-105 age group four years ago.  The relatively speedy Miyazaki clocked 42.22 seconds over 100m the day after his 105th birthday. 

He immediately paid tribute to Bolt, the world’s fastest man with his own version of the trademark ‘lightning Bolt’ pose, earning him the moniker of the Golden Bolt.

No previous world record existed when Miyazaki ran the time in his home city of Kyoto in 2015.  He, however, had not been entirely pleased with the performance.

"I am not happy with the time,” Miyazaki said at the time

"I started shedding tears during the race because I was going so slowly,” he added.

"Perhaps I'm getting old!"

His achievements were, however, recognized by the world’s fastest man who gave the golden-ager a shout out, despite owning a world record some 32.64 seconds faster.

"Shout out to 105-year-old Hidekichi Miyazaki of Japan who holds the record for the oldest sprinter to compete over 100m,” Bolt said via Twitter.

 

    

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