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Last Updated: Monday, 20 June 2005, 08:16 GMT 09:16 UK
Japanese 95-year-old sets record
Kozo Haraguchi, 95, celebrates after setting the new world record of the 100m dash, 95-99 year-old class, in 22.04 seconds during the masters athletic in Miyazaki, southern Japan, 19 June 2005.
Kozo Haraguchi was the only man running
A 95-year-old Japanese man has slashed the world 100 metres sprint record for men aged 95-99, clocking 22.04 seconds.

Kozo Haraguchi, who only took up running aged 65, was the only person in his race in the southern city of Miyazaki.

He took almost two seconds off the previous record in this age group, which stood at 24.01.

Mr Haraguchi said that it was the first time he had raced in the rain, and he was concentrating hard on not slipping.

"Everyone was cheering me on so I kept thinking I mustn't fall over," he told reporters.

Mr Haraguchi also holds the world record for the same distance in the 90-94 age range, of 18.08 seconds.

He said the secret of his success was taking an hour-long daily walk around his neighbourhood.




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