94 YO Athlete Bhagwani Devi Wins Three medals at World Masters Athletics
The 94-year-old Indian athlete Bhagwani Devi won the gold medal in the world masters sports championships in Finland. The experienced athlete from Haryana won the 100-meter race in 24.74 seconds. She later earned a bronze medal in the discus throw competition and followed it up with another bronze in the shot put event. The World Masters Athletics Championships were held in Tampere from June 29 – July 10 and it is a competition for competitors older than 35. The competition divides the contestants into five-year age brackets.
“This achievement of hers will work to fuel enthusiasm among the youth. Bhagwani Devi has once again proved that age is not a barrier to achieve anything in life,” Chief Minister of Haryana Manohar Lal Khattar complimented Bhagwani Devi on her accomplishment.
“India’s 94-year-old #BhagwaniDevi Ji has yet again proved that age is no bar! She won a GOLD medal at the #WorldMastersAthleticsChampionships in Tampere in the 100m sprint event with a timing of 24.74 seconds. She also bagged a BRONZE in Shot put. Truly commendable effort!,” the Department of Sports, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports tweeted.
Bhagwani Devi had earned the opportunity to represent India at the World Masters Athletics Championships by winning three gold medals at the National Masters Athletics Championships that were earlier held in Chennai. Prior to the competition in Chennai, she had won three gold medals in the 100m dash, javelin throw, and shot put at the Delhi State Athletic Championships.
M.J Jacob, an Indian veteran athlete and former Member of the Legislative Assembly from the state of Kerala, also won two bronze medals at the Championships. The senior CPM party leader from Piravom won his medals in the 200m hurdles and 80m hurdles events held for competitors aged between 80 and 84 in the M80 category.
Athletes like Jacob and Bhagwani Devi prove that age is but a number and that historic achievements and world records are attainable in any field at any age.
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