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The Grand ‘Young’ Lady- At 105, Rambai wins double gold at National Open Masters Athletics in record time

Rambai from Haryana, won gold in 100m at the age of 105 in 45.40 seconds by breaking the record of Late Man Kaur. She also won 200m gold in 1:52.17 seconds.

In 1917, it was somewhat a different world. India was heavily in the grip of the British, Mahatma Gandhi was gradually organising his national movements and the world was divided into axis and allied powers. In this milieu, Rambai was born.  

Since then 105 years has passed. Rambai has witnessed India’s independence, listened to the oath of 14 Prime Ministers, graduated from writing letters to sending whatsapp messages, watched film revolution from Devika Rani to Deepika Padukone, and celebrated India’s two World Cup cricket wins.

And today Rambai has become country’s ‘youngest’ athletic champion at the age of 105. The ‘Grand Old Lady’ of Indian athletics clinched a ‘Golden Double’ at the National Open Masters Athletics Championships held in Vadodara. 

Rambai won the 100m race in 45.40 seconds breaking the previous record of Manpreet Kaur who finished the 100m race in 74 seconds at the age of 101 in 2017. She also won the 200m race in 1:52.17 seconds to win two gold medals in the championships.

Rambai took up running only a year ago and started winning medals in different national competitions. She has now set her eyes on the international tournaments and is planning to apply for a passport. To keep herself fit, she is quite particular about her diet that includes pure vegetarian food and 250 gm of ghee and 500 gm of curd daily. She does all household chores and even works in the field.

With sheer grit and determination, Rambai has proved that age is just a number and life can really go beyond the limits.

About Poulomi Kundu

PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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