Age no bar for 95 year old track runner, holds 27 world records


If you think of rocking chairs and knitting needles when you hear the word ‘Grandmother’, think again.

Olga Kotelko (born 2 March, 1919) is a Canadian track and field athlete. She holds 27 world records in her age category of 90-95, and is believed to be one of the world’s greatest athletes. She holds every track and field world records in her age group.

Events she compete includes long jump, triple jump, high jump, shot put, discus, javelin, weight throw and the 100-metres, 200-metres, 400-metres, and 4 x 100-metre relay sprints, as per the ‘The Gazette’ of Montreal. Some of the victories are attributed to her because no other women of her age group participated in the event. At age 90, she was described as the world’s oldest known long jump competitor.


Doctors at the Montreal Neurological Institute and at McGill University’s Montreal Chest Institute have studied her physiology and her muscle tissue. Her muscle fibers, at the age of 91, were found to be remarkably lacking in the mitochondrial decay expected in someone over 65.

See this video and you shall be amazed.

myVancouver Olga Kotelko: 94-Year-Old World Class Athlete


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