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Leeds granddad crowned fastest 84-year-old in the world

  • Video report by ITV News Correspondent Damon Green

As a young man, Tony Bowman took up running as a hobby.

Now, decades later, it’s become a profession – one he’s been awarded accolades for.

The grandfather has been crowned the fastest 84-year-old in the world, after competing in the European Masters in September.

“I can see it’s a bit unusual, yes. But it’s been my life,” he told ITV News.

The octogenarian managed to set a world record in the 80-metre hurdles for the 80-84 year old category, crossing the finish line in under 17 seconds.

The Leeds local runs four times a week and says his athleticism has improved with age.

The Leeds local runs four times a week and says his athleticism has improved with age.

Tony plans on running until he’s 100.

“I probably won’t be doing a crouch start, but it’s only 16 years away,” he joked.

Despite two heart attacks and an abnormal heart rhythm, he has never let his condition affect his performance either.

“When I go out training or if I’m running in a race. I never give it a thought that [my heart] is going to let me down.

“At the back of my mind I think, if that’s it – curtains – when I’m running, that’s a great way to go,” he said.