To celebrate the release of the new book, Guinness World Records 2019, we are showcasing some of the world records featuring older people from the previous edition.
The 105-year-old Japanese sprinter Hidekichi Miyazaki broke the world record in 2017 for the oldest sprinter. With his trademark short-shorts and warm smile, Miyazaki’s competitive spirit and resilience are an inspiration to people of all ages. In September he completed the 100-meter sprint in just over 42 seconds. What’s even more extraordinary about the centenarian athlete is that he only took up track and field in his 90s!
Another senior runner is Larry Macon. To complete one marathon is an incredible feat, but to run 239 in one year is really something remarkable. Larry was 69 when he broke the world record for most marathon runs in a year by a male, in 2013. Macon only started running marathons in 1996 and first got a Guinness World record for the feat in 2008 with 105 marathons. What a feat of endurance.
96-year-old Canadian George Neal became the world’s oldest active pilot. It’s amazing to think that Neal was born in the early days of aviation in 1918 and is still a captain in the sky. Neal is a retired test pilot but still regularly flies his own small aircraft.
The world’s oldest gymnast Is Johanna Quaas (Germany, born on 20 November 1925). Johanna is a regular competitor an amateur competition regularly staged in Saxony, Germany. She performed a floor-and-beam routine on the set of Lo Show dei Record in Rome, Italy, in April 2012 and can still perform cartwheels at the age of 86!
On 4 Nov 2016, a group of 45 individuals aged 100 or more assembled at Parliament House in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, in an event organized by Queensland Community Care Network. This was the largest ever gathering of centenarians.
At 91 and 103, Doreen Luckie and George Kirby are thought to have become the world’s oldest newlyweds, with a combined age of 194. The couple tied the knot on Kirby’s 103rd birthday in June and even had stag and hen nights before the big day. They dated for 27 years before walking down the aisle after Kirby was told by his son to make “an honest woman” out of his beloved.
But these record holders are mere “spring chickens” compared to the oldest person ever to live. The greatest fully authenticated age to which any human has ever lived is 122 years 164 days by Jeanne Louise Calment (France, 1875–1997). She led an extremely active life, taking up fencing at 85 years old and still riding a bicycle at 100. She claimed that her key to long life was olive oil, port and chocolate; she gave up smoking at the age of 120.
Finally, this brand new 2019 world record has nothing to do with later life or even people; but we just thought it was too weird and cute to miss out. Bibi, a cat from Malaysia, holds the world record for balancing 9 dice on his paw. What a pawsome feat!