Philip Rabinowitz (runner)
16 February 1904|
|Died||28 February 2008
Cape Town, South Africa
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Philip "Flying Phil" Rabinowitz (16 February 1904 – 28 February 2008) was a sprinter from South Africa who, on 10 July 2004, entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the fastest 100-year-old to ever run the 100 meters.
Rabinowitz finished in a time of 30.86 seconds; breaking the previous world record of 36.19 set by Erwin Jaskulski of Austria. A week before, the centenarian broke the record, but a faulty electronic timer kept the mark out of the books.
Rabinowitz worked as a bookkeeper for his daughter and tried to walk at least four miles (six kilometers) a day. He left Lithuania for South Africa at the age of 21 and lived in Hout Bay, Cape Town, South Africa at the time of his death.
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