World Masters Championships: 94-year-old Bhagwani Dagar wins gold medal
India's Bhagwani Devi Dagar scripted history at the World Masters Athletics Championship on Sunday. The 94-year-old, who took birth in Haryana, won a gold medal in the 100-meter race. She clocked a time of 24.74 seconds. Earlier, she pocketed two bronze medals in shot put. World Masters Athletics Championship is an event for athletes aged 35 and above. Here are further details.
Bhagwani had grabbed three gold medals at the National Masters Athletics Championships held earlier in Chennai. The performance earned her a spot at the World Masters Championships. The events were held from June 29 to July 10 in Tampere, Finland. Notably, she had earlier won gold in the 100m sprint, javelin throw, and shot put during the Delhi State Athletics Championship.
India's 94-year-old #BhagwaniDevi Ji has yet again proved that age is no bar!— Dept of Sports MYAS (@IndiaSports) July 11, 2022
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!👏 pic.twitter.com/Qa1tI4a8zS
Bhagwani's grandson, Vikas Dagar, is an international para-athlete. He is a recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. He had won gold for India at the 2014 Grand Prix event in Tunisia.
The 2022 World Masters Athletics Championships was the 24th edition of the World Athletics Outdoor Championships. It was supposed to be held from July 20 to August 1, 2020, in Toronto, Canada. However, it was canceled owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event is organized by a global governing body, World Masters Athletics (WMA), in collaboration with a Local Organising Committee (LOC).
Last month, 105-year-old granny, Rambai, attained the unimaginable feat of covering 100m at the National Open Masters Athletics Championships in Vadodara, Gujarat. The Haryana-born won two gold medals during the championship - 100 meters on June 15 and 200-meter on Sunday in 1 minute, 52 seconds. Interestingly, she was the sole participant as there was no other athlete above the age of 85.