Lester Wright, a WWII veteran and up to date centenarian, has damaged the M100+ world file within the 100m, clocking 26.34 at Penn Relays final weekend in Philadelphia. He erased the earlier file of 26.99 seconds, set by fellow American Donald Pellmann at age 100 in 2015. Wright had simply turned 100 the day earlier than the race.
Wright served within the U.S. army throughout WWII in Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge in 1944.
Wright mentioned to the media post-race that he was impressed by having his spouse, youngsters, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren within the stands to look at. This world masters file will not be Wright’s first; 24 years in the past, he broke the M75+ world 200m file at age 76.
The newly topped world’s quickest 100-year-old man nonetheless competes for his hometown Shore Athletic Membership, a neighborhood athletics group out of Spring Lake, N.J.
Wright and his spouse Adele have been married for 81 years, elevating 4 youngsters, who gave them six grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
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Wright turned a centenarian on April 29 after which on April 30, he celebrated in model, operating a brand new age-group world file in entrance of hundreds of observe followers. He crossed the road to a standing ovation, ending seventh out of 9 runners, beating an 86-year-old and 92-year-old.