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WATCH: 70-Year Old Wins Penn Relays 100 Meter Race With Dominant Run

Published 04/29/2022, 10:00 AM EDT

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The world is watching as the action returns to Franklin Field for the first time in 3 years. With the 126th edition of the Penn Relays taking place over the weekend, the athletes are raring to go. And some have already completed what can only be called a tremendous achievement. And Michael Kish well deserves to have his name right up there. With the athlete competing in his age category, he managed to rack up a dominant run to take home the 100-meter title in the 70-year-old category.

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The Shore AC athlete was running in the 70 years or older event and has set a strong time for his competing age group. Setting himself up for a 13.47 on the clock, Kish zoomed past his competition sporting his black sunglasses as he set fire to the track.


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Michael Kish dominates at 70

While arguably dealing with competitive runners from the same age group, Michael Kish could still do considerable damage. In a video that can only be described as inspirational, we see the 70 or older athletes lineup at the starting line.

Starting the race and separating himself from the pack, Kish went on to grab an early lead and just refused to give it back. A part of the Penn Relays’ Masters events, the race took place amidst various other high school relays. And even if only as a break for the viewers from the events scheduled around it, the race provided some grand entertainment.


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The event did its job providing viewers with some great inspiration though. It’s never too late to start. If Kish can win at 70, what’s to stop you from training at 55?


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The Penn relays now turn their attention to younger athletes. With Sydney McLaughlin, Devon Allen, and Natoya Goule all set to compete over the weekend, fans will be excited. However, with Allyson Felix‘s withdrawal from the event, there will certainly be some disappointment.

The athlete misses out on what could be her final Penn Relays. But fans will be eager to see other competitors on the track.


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But the viewer’s interests remain paramount. Which event and which athlete are you most looking forward to? Are you holding your breath for a McLaughlin podium? Or do you think it could be set to lead elsewhere?

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Written by:

Aditya Deshingkar


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Aditya Deshingkar is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. An aspiring lawyer, Aditya is a final year student of the law program at GLC. Notably, as an avid sports lover, he shares a keen interest in NBA, MLB, and Formula 1.
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Deepakshi Chaudhary