One of the oldest women athletes of India, Mann Kaur from Patiala, was honoured by the government of India which awarded her with Nari Shakti Puraskar 2019. Winners were presented their awards by President Ram Nath Kovind on International Women’s Day on Sunday.
In the last 10 years, Mann Kaur she has literally run away with accolades across the globe — bagging over 20 medals in track and field events. She believes participating in competitions gives her a lot of happiness. The same goes for her countless admirers too who watch her run.
Known as the ‘Miracle from Chandigarh’ she has also been associated with the ‘Fit India’ movement. An inspiration to many, Kaur started her athletics career at the age of 93, and never looked back. She suffers from osteoporosis but that never stopped her from doing what she wanted, and as of now, has won over 20 medals at various world championships.
Hailing from Patiala city in Punjab, the sprinter, who endorses Central government’s ‘Fit India’ Movement for remaining fit and healthy, was accompanying her 81-year-old son Gurdev Singh, also a veteran athlete.
Kaur, who took to running at the age of 93, said she believes “age is no bar to realise one’s dreams”.
Born on March 1, 1916, she won her first medal in 2007 at the Chandigarh Masters Athletics meet, in which she participated just for formality after seeing her eldest son Gurdev taking part in a race in Patiala. And from then on, she has only added to her list of achievements.
She won four golds (Track and Field) at the World Masters Athletics Championship in Poland.
She has set a record by becoming the world’s fastest centenarian at the American Masters Game, 2016. Nari Shakti Award was started in 1999 and celebrates inspirational women from across the country. 7 women were given the honour this year.