Lester Wright is outrunning Father Time and the competition.
The sprinter, 100 years young, broke the satellite grounds for his property radical successful the men’s 100-meter astatine the Penn Relays successful Philadelphia connected Saturday. (Watch the FloTrack video below.)
“It was beauteous bully to beryllium capable to bash this astatine property 100,” Wright told the Asbury Park Press. “When I came present I was a small spot nervous, but erstwhile I saw the assemblage and everything I fell close successful with it.”
The centenarian received lukewarm applause from the thousands astatine Franklin Field who besides had crushed to cheer the instrumentality of the venerable way conscionable aft a pandemic hiatus, NJ.com noted.
Wright’s tract included runners 80 years aged and up, and was won by 84-year-old Bob Williamson.
But Wright’s clip of 26.34 shattered the 100-104 property radical grounds antecedently acceptable by Donald Pellmann successful 2015 astatine 26.99 seconds. Pellmann’s grounds inactive appeared connected the USATF Masters World Record database arsenic of Monday morning, but Wright’s record-winning clip was ratified, according to the Asbury Park Press.
Of course, a 100-year-old sprinting astatine each is headline-worthy.
“I conjecture it’s truly thing that you don’t often perceive astir and it seems similar it would beryllium somewhat caller if I tin get retired determination and truly perform,” Wright, who turned 100 connected Friday, told ABC successful New York.
Wright, a way prima astatine Long Branch High School successful New Jersey successful the 1930s who wed his teen sweetheart Adele (yep, inactive joined aft 80 years), besides has made large strides successful his community. He attended assemblage connected the GI measure and opened the archetypal Black-owned dental laboratory successful the area, manufacturing mendacious teeth, according to the Asbury Park Press.
Fast-forward to the 5:00 people for the race: