Gold at 100

 

In October 2009, Ruth Frith celebrated winning gold for the shotput at the 2009 World Masters Games, and setting a new world record for her age group - after reaching her 100th birthday.

 

 

In October 2009, Ruth Frith celebrated winning gold for the shotput at the 2009 World Masters Games, and setting a new world record for her age group - after reaching her 100th birthday.

 

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She trains 5 times a week, mixing weight training and practical training for the events she enters, which include hammer throwing and javelin alongside the shotput. When she is with others her own age she is not impressed that they don't do anything to keep their strength, and advises everyone to make the effort to maintain strength as they age.

 

The World Masters Games is an international athletics event, held every 4 (or 5) years, and is governed by the International Masters Games Association. It is recognised by the International Olympic Committee. The first games were held in Toronto in 1985, with over 8,000 athletes competing in 22 sports. In the most recent event, Sydney in 2009, in excess of 28,000 athletes from 95 countries took part in 22 sports. The next will be Torino 2013.

 

Interest is such that there is now a World Masters Winter Games. The first was held in Bled in 2010, and it will be held again in Sestrière in Italy in 2015.