Meet the 105-year-old Japanese sprinter who wants to take on Usain Bolt

Japan's 105-year-old 'Golden Bolt' is fresh from another competitive victory - and he's got his heart set on racing Usain Bolt.

Japanese centenarian Hidekichi Miyazaki set a fresh record as the world's oldest competitive sprinter on Wednesday, one day after turning 105, but said he was disappointed at falling short of his own personal best.

Look... at... him... go!


Speaking to reporters after the race, the man known as the 'Golden Bolt' said:

I'm still a beginner, you know.

I'll have to train harder. Training was going splendidly, so I had set myself a target of 35 seconds. I can still go faster.

Miyazaki completed his heat with a time of 42.22. His personal record of 34.10, achieved when he was a spritely 103-year-old, remains in the Guinness Book of World Records.

He didn't take up running until his 90s, when many of the friends he used to play board games with passed away and he was looking for an activity he could do on his own, Reuters reports.

Imitating the signature pose of the fastest man in the world, Jamaican Usain Bolt, Miyazaki said he would love the chance to race against the Olympic gold medallist.

I will say this: I'm proud of my health. 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. I can definitely keep on running for another two or three years.

Miyazaki will compete in the Japanese Masters Championships next month.

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