Race for the ages? 103-year-old sprinter wants to run against Bolt

Call the race of the centuries: The world’s fastest centenarian, 103-year-old Hidekichi Miyazaki, wants to run against world’s fastest man Usain Bolt in the 100-meter dash. 

"I’d love to race Bolt," Miyazaki told Agence France Presse during a recent Japan Masters Athletics competition in Kyoto. 

He’s certainly earned his place at the starting line. Born in 1910, Miyazaki was a bit of a latecomer to the world of track and field, taking up running at the ripe age of 92 after watching an "old people’s sports day broadcast" on television, according to the AFP report. But Miyazaki has since quickly gained a foothold in his newfound sport, breaking the world record for fastest centenarian with a 29.83 second time in 2010 and gaining the nickname "Golden Bolt" after the Jamaican sprinting champion as a result.

Miyazaki, however, told AFP he didn’t want to race Bolt for another five years (perhaps he feels he needs more training to get closer to Bolt’s world-record time of 9.58 seconds?). He also has his sights on breaking another world record in the 105 to 109-year-old category first. 

"I’m keeping the dream alive," Miyazaki told AFP. "I try to stay in top shape and stay disciplined and healthy. That’s important for everyone — even Usain Bolt."

Miyazaki’s secrets to his long running success reportedly include his daughter’s tangerine jam and chewing each mouthful of food 30 times before swallowing. Not to mention vacating all thought while pounding the pavement.

"I make sure not to use my brain," the nearly 104-year-old told AFP. "I always keep it empty and uncluttered. That’s important."

H/t Extra Mustard