Sprinter Man Kaur Turns 105, Milind Soman Hails Her Fitness Spirit

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Man Kaur, ace sprinter and fitness icon known for defying norms with an athletics career that began well into her old age, marked her 105th birthday on Monday. The Patiala resident has won 31 international gold medals and over 13 national medals, setting the inspiration bar high by actualising the maxim ‘age is just a number.’

Kaur stepped into the world of athletics at the age of 93 and has since broken various records. Last year in March, she was awarded the Nari Shakti Puraskar, the country’s highest civilian award for women. Read more about her here.

So devoted is she to her passion that she reportedly wakes up at 4 am every morning for training and runs a distance of about 20 kilometers. In an interview with The Hindu, she had said, “Mujhe sports pasand hai… Changa daud raha hu, ruk na kyun bhai?” [I like sports, I am running well, why should I stop?]

Man Kaur Gets A Birthday Wish From Ace Runner Milind Soman

As the inspiring woman turned 105, model and athlete Milind Soman took to Instagram to drop her a birthday wish and hail her spirit that’s still going strong on foot. “Some people say active life is over at 45 and they can’t do this or can’t do that 😀 Man Kaur, mascot of Pinkathon and world champion athlete, started running at the age of 93. Yesterday she celebrated her 105th birthday!!!! And still running 👊 What does that tell you ?

Soman is the founder of Pinkathon, a national women’s marathon that focuses attention on women’s health, for which Man Kaur is the mascot.

See Soman’s post here:

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Soman is known as an advocate of women’s fitness and often recognises talent to that end in older women. Last month, he lauded his mother Usha Soman, who, at 81, clinched the record of being the oldest woman to do the Sandakphu Phalut trek. Here are the other times she gave us serious fitness goals.

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