“Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.”

Charles Eugster The 95 Year Old World Record Holder

The people that attended British Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships saw something special a few days ago. They witnessed Charles Eugster, 95, set a age-group world record for 200 meters, covering the distance in 55.48. Eugster’s mark shaved 2.4 seconds off the former record set in 2013 by Orville Rogers of the United States. Is he going to stop there? Not a chance…

After breaking the record, Eugster first thanked his fans for their support saying “I’m over the moon, thank you to everyone who has helped me achieve this.” Not content with breaking the record Eugster has his sights set on further success at the European Indoor Masters Athletic Championships later this month and the World Masters Athletics Outdoor Championships in August.

Eugster, a former dentist, lived a mostly peaceful and exercise free life until his 60s when he took up rowing. He found success in the sport and went on to win 36 World Masters gold medals.

At the age of 87, Eugster found that he was losing muscle and felt that he was overweight, so he took up weightlifting and wakeboarding. Amazingly, he didn’t take up running until a year ago but tasted immediate success by setting British outdoor records at 100 and 200 meters.

Eugster resides in Switzerland, where he has become a celebrity because of his athletic prowess. In addition to a social media presence, he has his own web site.

The final words are with Eugster “I’m not chasing youthfulness. I’m chasing health,” he wrote on his blog. “People have been brainwashed to think that after you’re 65, you’re finished. We’re told that old age is a continuous state of decline, and that we should stop working, slow down and prepare to die. I disagree.” So do we Charles Eugster.

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