Holocaust Survivor Wins A Race At 91 While Legally Blind, Plans To Keep Winning

  • 2 January 2016
  • Abby

Can't find the inspiration to keep going? Imagine this: Semion Simkin became a European Champion for long-distance running at the seniors level in a race in Lyon, France, at the age of 91!

The proud Israeli completed a 6.2 mile (10 kilometers) run after a grueling 1 hour, 20 minutes, and 1 second on the track. This made his closest rival, an Argentine, a distant second by a difference of over 21 minutes.

But this is not the first time the great-grandfather to six has surmounted unimaginable odds in his life. Although currently an Israeli, Simkin was actually born in Belarus, and went on to survive the Holocaust.

As if that is not enough to slow him down, he won the race despite being categorized as legally blind. He even insisted on getting no special favors during the race because of his blindness, which lets him see a mere 3 meters ahead!

He has no plans of slowing down either. In fact, he plans to keep on running competitively for as long as he has the strength. As a matter of fact, before clinching the top position in this race, he had just received a silver medal a day earlier in a 3.1-mile (5 kilometers) run.

Mr Simion workouts with weights and he goes swimming regularly to keep fit.

His country is just as proud of his victory as he hoped. He is considered an inspiration to all Israeli athletes. But he is far more than that – I think its obvious that Simkin is an inspiration to anybody who lets any excuse get in their way of pursuing their dreams, athletes or not.