Hidekichi Miyazaki‘s 100m world record for ages 100 and over was broken by an American on Sunday. The Japanese man’s response was to set a new record Wednesday.
“I’m not happy with the time,” Miyazaki said, according to AFP, adding that his goal was 35 seconds. “I started shedding tears during the race because I was going so slowly. Perhaps I’m getting old!”
“Two or three years ago, Bolt came to Japan and said he wanted to meet me,” Miyazaki said, according to AFP. “There was a call about it, but I was out and he left without meeting me. I felt deeply sorry.”
Miyazaki’s new record came three days after American Don Pellmann snatched the Japanese’s 100-and-older 100m world record.
Pellmann, who set five records in one day at the San Diego Senior Olympics, ran his 100m in 26.99 seconds (video here). Pellmann also became the first centenarian to clear the bar in a high jump (.90 meters, just shy of three feet), in addition to discus, long jump and shot put records.
Here’s an Associated Press video report on Miyazaki from when he was a spry 103.