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101-year-old Indian sprinter nominated for coveted world sports award

Remember Man Kaur, the 101-year-old woman from Chandigarh, India, who won her 17th gold medal at the World Masters Games in April?

Well this month, the Laureus World Sports Awards—which honors the most impactful sportsmen and women across the globe—has nominated the 100-meter sprinter for having the Best Sporting Moment of September. If she wins the fan vote, she will be one of the finalists for the Best Sporting Moment of the Year to be awarded at the next Laureus ceremony in February.

Earlier this year, Kaur’s accomplishment gained viral traction on social media as she proved that age is nothing but a number. She only started competing in sprints eight years ago when her son encouraged her to get onto the track. On April 24, the day she earned her 17th medal, Kaur ran a time of 1:14. Kaur told reporters that she hopes other older women will be encouraged to exercise and eat better foods as she leads by example.

Previous winners of the Best Sporting Moment include other heartfelt moments that became internet sensations. For example, in 2016, Barcelona FC’s U-12 team won the award for hugging their Japanese opponents after the Junior Soccer World Challenge in Tokyo.

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To vote for Kaur or check out the other nominees for the month of September, click here.

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