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Watch This 100-Year-Old American Set 5 World Records

Don Pellmann is a true American fitness hero.

If you need some motivation to get to the gym today, look no further than Don Pellmann, the 100-year-old American who just set five world records in track and field.

Pellmann broke barriers in five different events at the San Diego Senior Olympics on Saturday, becoming the first centenarian to run the 100-meter dash in under 27 seconds and the first to clear an official height in the high jump (2' 11.5"). Pellmann also broke world records in the over-100 division in the shot put, the discus, and the long jump.

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As for performance wear, Pellmann wore a a San Francisco Giants hat, a swim suit, and a red t-shirt emblazoned with a customized logo ("Donald Pellmann Established 1915 Milwaukee, WI"). Rather than wear the usual running spikes, he wore a pair of beat-up white tennis shoes—one with a hole cut around a bunion, the Times of San Diego reported.

His pre-performance meal? Fried macaroni and cheese, according to The New York Times.

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And like any true competitor, Pellmann wouldn't forgive himself for failing to clear his opening height in the pole vault. "I thought I was in better shape," he told The New York Times. (He would have been the first 100-year-old to clear the bar, but still.)

Read more about Don Pellmann's centenarian feats of strength and speed:

Dash of History: 100-Year-Old Sets 5 World Records [Times of San Diego]

100 Years Old. 5 World Records. [New York Times]


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