Hidekichi Miyazaki, dubbed the ‘Golden Bolt’, raced himself into the Guinness World Records this past Wednesday and sent out a challenge to world’s fastest man Bolt to come and race against him.
Miyazaki, who declared himself to be a “medical marvel”, clocked the time of 42.22 seconds in Kyoto, Japan and set a new 100 metres world record in the age category of over 100 years.
While any time clocked by the Japanese would have become a world record as no mark previously existed in this category, Miyazaki, who turned 105 a day before the race, was unhappy with the feat. He said:
“I’m not happy with the time, I started shedding tears during the race because I was going so slowly. Perhaps I’m getting old!”
Though the time of 42.22 is away from Bolt’s world record of 9.58 by nearly four times, the fact is not lost on Miyazaki and he confidently jokes:
“I’m still a beginner, you know. I’ll have to train harder. Training was going splendid, so I had set myself a target of 35 seconds. I’m proud of my health,”
He then went on to add:
“My brain might not be the sharpest but physically I’m tip-top. I’ve never had any health problems. The doctors are amazed by me.”
Later when he was asked about Bolt’s latest feat during last month’s World Athletics Championships, Miyazaki chuckled and said, “He hasn’t raced me yet!”
He claimed that two or three years ago Bolt came to Japan and wanted to meet Miyazaki. “There was a call about it but I was out and he left without meeting me. I felt deeply sorry,” he said.