Date
20 July 2017
Cheung Suet-ling shows her gold medal after finishing the 60-meter race in 25.37 seconds. Photo: Cheung Hoi-ling, HK Masters Runner
Cheung Suet-ling shows her gold medal after finishing the 60-meter race in 25.37 seconds. Photo: Cheung Hoi-ling, HK Masters Runner

Hong Kong woman, 93, clinches gold in world sprint race

As a test of speed, the World Masters Athletics Championships is further proof that age is just a number.

And for a 93-year-old Hong Kong woman, it’s no barrier to one of her greatest achievements.

Cheung Suet-ling captured the gold medal in the 60-meter sprint for nonagenarians at the biennial event in the South Korean city of Daegu.

She finished in a time of 25.37 seconds to win Hong Kong’s first gold medal in the meet.

Cheung was the lone contestant in the 80-90 age group, so she was assured of the gold medal as long as she finished the race.

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Asked how she felt after the race, she said she could have run faster if not for the pain in her waist and the local weather condition.

In 2016, she won a 100-meter race in Hong Kong in 37.29 seconds.

Cheung, a retired head nurse, was introduced to running at a late age by her daughter.

She said she wanted to prove to others that age is no barrier and that a 93-year-old can still run. She said she is healthy enough to run after a bus.

She hopes her win will encourage elderly people to take up sports and enjoy it, according to Headline Daily.

Cheung’s daughter said her mother was pronounced in good health by a team doctor before the race.

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