Together they are 185 years old: Styrian Eleonore Gutsche (94) and Lavanttaler Hermann Andrecs (91) were the big stars at the Austrian Athletics Championships for seniors (from 35 years) in Klagenfurt! While Gutsche came to sport late due to sad circumstances, Andrecs reveals his secret recipe for eternal youth. . .
With over 90 years shot put or pole vaulting. Unthinkable? Not for Eleonore Gutsche & Hermann Andrecs! The two super oldies were the big stars in the Austrian senior title fights (from 35 years) in the Leopold-Wagner-Arena (KLC) in Klagenfurt! At the age of 94, the Trofaiacherin Gutsche (PSV Leoben) threw the ball on 3 .50 meters, the javelin at 7.40 meters, clawed (of course as the only participant) the title in the W90 class. And was dissatisfied! “Normally, the ball flies to 4.50 meters,” Eli sighed.Sad background storyThe Styrian, who was so full of life, only came to athletics after a tragic event. “My son and husband died young, in 1984 and 1986 – at the age of 66 I ran my first marathon in London and then ran a total of 13 more around the world. Sport gives me a lot, I feel really good,” says Gutsche, who sees herself as a late bloomer: “I didn’t get my driver’s license until I was 59!” How do you stay fit? “I train every day, think a lot of Chinese medicine – and foot gymnastics!” The Lavanttaler Andrecs (SU Leibnitz) has been in sports for 70 years – he currently holds the world best performance of his M90 class with 1.60 in the pole vault. In Klagenfurt, the 91-year-old didn’t get past 1.40 m this time, but he at least got high jump gold (90 cm). For optimal high jump training, the St. Pauler even jets regularly to Leibnitz. His recipe for eternal youth sounds simple: “Sport, sport and more sport! And very important: enjoy it,” laughs Andrecs. Strange: Styrian Elfriede Fuchs had missed the entry deadline for the championships – otherwise she would have been the oldest in Klagenfurt at 102 (!) years. . .