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104-year-old breaks 100m record, oldest in Europe to race distance

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"I feel like a new man," said 104-year-old Stanislaw Kowalski after he romped home to set a new European record after running 100m in an electrifying 32.79 seconds.

In doing so, the grandfather became the oldest person in Europe to have run the race distance.

Kowalski, who was born in 1910, broke the record previously held by a 96-year-old, in the men's 100m Centenarians Race at an athletics meet at Wroclaw Stadium.

The crowd in the stadium went crazy as Kowalski beat the previous record, held by a Japanese man who completed the race aged 96.

Stanislaw, from Swidnica in Poland, smashed his previous PB of 34 seconds despite having never received any professional running training.

[Final marathon for 101-year-old Briton]

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He said after the race: "I feel like a new man."

The centenarian puts his fine health and amazing fitness down to doing "everything I want" and "never going to the doctors". So it's that simple.

Asked for advice on health and fitness, he told Poland's Gazeta Wyborcza: "Do not overfeed and do not eat at night. Sometimes you can drink 50 grams, but not every day."

His grandson, Mark Baszak, said: "My grandfather always says "so as not to stress" - he is a very quiet man."

Kowalski now intends to compete at the Senior World Championships in Torun. Given that he's only just reaching his peak, who is to say that he cannot triumph there too?

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