100-Year-Old Athlete Sets 5 World Records
A 100-year-old athlete set five world records on Sunday in San Diego.
A 100-year-old athlete set a whopping five world records in his age group in San Diego on Sunday.
Don Pellmann was officially the first centenarian to break 27 seconds in the 100-meter dash at the San Diego Senior Games, where he was the most senior athlete.
Pellmann was also the first to clear an official height in the high jump, and broke records for men in the 100 and over age group in the shot put and discus, and set a record in the long jump, according to The New York Times.
“I guess I have pretty good genes,” quipped Pellmann.
And when asked by the San Diego Times how he managed to break all the records, he answered: "Somebody has to do it."
He attempted to become the oldest man to record a height in the pole vault. He dislodged the bar three times, which soured his mood. “I thought I was in better shape,” he said.
Samantha Foster, 17, a freshman pole-vaulter on the San Diego Mesa College track team, said of the elderly athlete: “I love when he says he needs more practice. It’s cool to watch him being able to still do this at 100.”
The meet volunteers, couldn’t believe his fitness level.
“He’s very, very steady on his feet and his posture’s very erect…He doesn’t have as much bone and muscle degeneration as others in his age group. You can see he has really maintained his muscles,” said Sarah Provencher, a nursing student.
Fellow competitors were requesting selfies with Pellmann. Robert Silva, among the competitors, said: “You see people that are 100 run, but to see someone that age pole-vault or long jump, that’s another galaxy.”
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