Topeka 63-year-old chases own unofficial 100m world record after double kidney transplant


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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – Lei Sowell, 60, didn’t be ok with his 100-meter sprint efficiency when he crossed the end line in Salt Lake Metropolis in August, 2018.

“Then I noticed my identify, and it mentioned 11.45,” Lei remembers. “I didn’t imagine it. I used to be considering, ‘Awh man, I ran gradual.’ As a result of I used to be considering 12. And I mentioned ‘Wait a minute, 11.4? I simply broke the document.’ And I simply misplaced it.”

Together with breaking the meet record that day, the Topeka Excessive graduate set the unofficial world document within the 100 for males 60 and older.

“The world document is 11.7. I ran 11.45. Even should you took digital time and added it on there, I nonetheless broke the document,” he mentioned. “They didn’t give me the official world document as a result of a monitor & subject grasp was not there.”

That race meant rather a lot to Lei, who at one level didn’t know if he’d ever step on the monitor once more.

“You gotta hold transferring. You don’t transfer, you cease,” he saidk “And I didn’t point out, I had a kidney transplant.”

Lei was recognized with Lupus in 2006. He spent two years on dialysis.

“I had end-stage Four kidney failure,” Lei mentioned. “I rode the bike at dialysis. Don’t no one journey the bike at dialysis. I did. I mentioned, ‘I’m getting out of right here.’”

And he did. Lei underwent a double kidney transplant in 2012.

“I mentioned, ‘I’m not carried out but.’ So I saved going,” he mentioned.

4 days later, he was again on the monitor.

“I couldn’t transfer very quick, however I had my pillow and I walked round one time. I simply needed to see if I may,” he mentioned. “Then the following time it was two, then three, then 4, then I began sprinting. I mentioned, ‘Okay, I’m again.’”

Lei traded letters with the household of the three-year-old lady who grew to become his donor after her passing.

Sometime, he’ll inform them face-to-face what he has carried out along with his second probability at life.

“One in every of lately I’ll meet them and present them,” he mentioned.”

Within the meantime, Lei continues to chase his objectives. He hopes to beat his personal document this yr and set a brand new one within the 200-meter.

“There are some 100-year-old guys that also dash. So I received an extended methods to go,” Lei mentioned. “Till these legs fall off, I’m going to nonetheless be doing it.”

Lei will compete within the Iowa Senior Games this weekend. He’ll additionally participate within the Transplant Games of America subsequent month.

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