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By Dennis Hermandez
Usain Bolt, an incredible sprinter who holds the title of fastest man alive and a number of world records, including the fastest 100 meter set at 9.58 seconds, appears to have some competition. This competitor is 105 year old Hidekichi Miyazaki, known as “The Golden Bolt”. Miyazaki earned his nickname by posing the same way Bolt does which is meant to mock and intimidate Bolt. Miyazaki set the world record recently in September for being the oldest competitive sprinter and the fastest at his age, running the 100 meter in 42.22 seconds!
What makes Miyazaki incredible, other than his age, is his story. He began running in his late 90s in search of a new hobby after many of his friends who he played chess with passed away. Due to his extraordinary health as reported by doctors, Miyazaki is able to perform with far greater ability for someone of his age. Miyazaki says “The doctors gave me a medical examination and said I’m fit as a fiddle”. He also says he’s “never had any health problems”. Miyazaki is living proof that age is but a number.
Speed is In His Name!
Usain Bolt and “Golden Bolt” are great examples of excellent athletes. One notable athlete who is inspired by such athletes is our very own Ariel Conde. Ariel is an athlete who runs both Cross-Country and Track and Field. He is among the best of the best not only in our school but in the Eastern League. The Cross-Country season recently ended and Ariel’s determination led him to sixth place in the entire league! Ariel said “It feels like the more I do what I do, the more I improve and the closer I get to reach my goal”. This goal he is referring to is making it to the Olympics one day. Ariel is an athlete who indeed is Olympic material, not only for his incredible performance as an athlete himself but as a team leader. Ariel leads the team during daily practice, while maintaining a smile throughout the day.
As the Track and Field season begins, we look forward to seeing Ariel beat his personal record once again as he always does. One of these records is running a mile in just four minutes and forty-four seconds!