These athletes are still kicking butt and completing amazing athletic feats in their old age.
Thailand recently held its first-ever national Elderly Games. The special games where comprised of events like discus, javelin, long jump, and even hurdles.
The sporting event drew more than 1,000 competitors, in age groups ranging from middle age to the 95-99 bracket, and took place over 7 days. The purpose of the government-backed event is to promote an active lifestyle among seniors. Thailand’s population is getting older fast, creating a potential aging crisis. But the national Elderly Games helped to show older citizens that they are vital and can still be just as active as their younger counterparts.
The star of the event was Sawang Janpram — the 98-year-old who won the 100-meter sprint, discus, and javelin.
“[Playing sports] helped me a lot,” he explained. “I saw those who do not exercise who are the same age and neighborhood as me — they are gone. They all passed away.”
Most importantly, the event also gave seniors the chance to meet other seniors.
“I want to be here to meet many friends and most of the athletes here are nice and helpful, like assisting me when I walk,” said Janpram.