Published On: Tue, Aug 11th, 2015

91-year-old Israeli man wins world championship in running for seniors

Israeli long-distance runner Semion Simkin,   91. Credit Israel Hayom.
Three months after being named European champion, 91-year-old Israeli long-distance runner Semion Simkin on Monday won the world championship for senior runners in Lyon, France.

Simkin finished the 6.2-mile race with a time of 1:20:01, beating the runner-up from Argentina by 21 minutes and 26 seconds. A day earlier, Simkin won the silver medal in the 3.1-mile race.

“This is a scenario I never even dreamed of. I hope that in the future I will still have the strength to continue and to bring honor to Israel, ” Simkin said after his victory, Israel Hayom reported.

Simkin, who was born in Belarus and survived the Holocaust, is a father of two, grandfather of four, and great-grandfather of six. Despite being legally blind, he prefers competing without any concessions on his behalf.

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