90 year-old sets World Record

14656421_352967998369765_6849616379411659595_nJournalist: James Rodgers

After just 3 months of training, a 90-year-old woman from Romania, Elena Pagu, finished in world record time for her age group in the W90 5000m race walk.

Pagu was unaware that she had beaten the world record because she was more focused on crossing the finish line without any warnings or being disqualified.  

Speaking through an interpreter, Pagu said it was a crowning moment of her career to be in Australia win first place and set the world record which was something special.

The last time she competed in Australia for the World Masters Athletics Championships was over thirty years ago in Melbourne where she finished 10th in her age group.

As for her plans for the future, she has the 10km race walk next week and after that it will depend if she finds the motivation to continue competing.

Pagu praised the people of WA and wants to set an example for other veterans in Romania where the sporting tradition is not as strong as in Australia.

The nonagenarian believes sport can keep you happy and healthy through your senior years.



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