100-year-old woman sweeps ping pong tournament in China


by CBS News


Posted on June 8, 2010 at 8:07 PM

(CBS News) – One hundred years old and with a killer forehand, Australian Dorothy de Low took the 15th World Veterans Table Tennis Championships 2010, held in China's Inner Mongolia, by storm. 

The oldest participant at the 15th World Veterans Table Tennis Championships, held from June 7 until 12 in Hohhot, the regional capital of Inner Mongolia, de Low quickly became a favorite with the audience as she showed off her swift forehand shots in two qualifying matches on Monday (June 7).


In her group for over-84-year olds, she won one game and lost another one to her 91-year-old opponent Matsuoka Tomie from Japan, state media said.


The Centenarian has played table tennis for fifty years, first picking up a paddle when she joined a local club as a hobby.


De Low was presented with a traditional Chinese silken knot, symbolizing longevity, and a heart-shaped, embroidered silken medal.


"I think it's wonderful, making a lot of friends. Even this guy is a friend," de Low said.


She admitted to enjoying the limelight as audience members and participants asked her for an autograph and posed for pictures with her.


"I feel like a film star," de Low said.


De Low came to fame late in life as the Guinness World Record holder for the oldest volunteer at the Sidney Olympic Games in 2004 and oldest athlete, state Chinese news agency Xinhua said.


The World Veterans Table Tennis Championships 2010 had 2,078 players over forty years of age from 51 countries.