World Masters Athletics 2022: 81 years old ex- Kerala MLA wins two bronze medals
Former Kerala MLA, MJ Jacob, is continuing to defying age as he represents India at the age of 84. On the world’s biggest stage, the former Piravom MLA won two bronze medals for India.
Indian Athletes have been setting new records at World Masters Athletics Championships 2022 which was held in Tampere, Finland. Yesterday it was 94-year-old Bhagwani Devi, who stunned everyone after clinching one gold medal and two bronze medals at the World Masters Athletics Championships 2022.
And today, 84 years old MJ Jacob has won two bronze medals in 200m and 80m race. Already a winner at multiple national and Asian master athletics championships, the former Kerala MLA Jacob has won medals in the 80-plus category of World Masters Athletics Championships 2022. For the unversed, athletes above the age of 35 can compete in masters championships.
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While talking about his win MJ Jacob said, “This is the first time that I’m winning a medal at Worlds in an individual event. Don’t know whether it’s a big achievement, but it’s definitely satisfying.”
The Finland World Masters Athletics Championship is MJ’s fourth World Masters participation. He was also the part of World Masters 2015 in France, 2016 in Australia and 2018 in Spain. MJ Jacob also participated in Asian Masters in Japan (2014) followed by Singapore (2016), China (2017) and Malaysia (2012).
MJ Jacob has served as a Thirumarady panchayat president and Ernakulam district panchayat member in 1981-82 and 1998-99 respectively. And he had also won the Kerala assembly elections in 2016. And after serving the country as a politician the 84-years-old is now serving the nation as a sportsperson.
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