Imagine running the 200 metres in 28.27 seconds at the age of 74! Meet Guido Müller, icon of world masters’ sport! This ‘spring chicken’ from Stuttgart once again took the honours at the recent European Athletics Masters in San Sebastian, leaving behind younger athletes and reinforcing his standing which has seen him receive the award as the best masters athlete in the world on two occasions – in 2004 and 2009 – making him the only athlete to receive it twice.
In the masters’ world, Müller is a legend, one of those characters who demonstrates the meaning of passion, desire and love for sport and the fact that all this has nothing to do with age. For him, athletics has been a way of life. He participated in his first races at the age of 11, even though as he himself says, “I didn’t have the right build for it”, but by age 18 he started to achieve his first successes and even harboured hopes, which sadly faded, of taking part in the Tokyo Olympiad of 1964.
Circumstances led to his hanging up his spikes and going to live for a few years in America. But at age 44 he decided to take up sport once again, just to stay fit and with no great ambitions…so he said. Yet in 1983 at the German Masters’ Championship, he won the 200 and 400 metres setting new national records in the M45 category. Just to stay fit…..
Since then he has amassed an impressive number of victories and records and his trophy cabinet currently contains more than 120 gold medals! After the San Sebastian Europeans, Guido Müller is going for the world, at the forthcoming World Masters Games in Turin. “They are an excellent opportunity for amateur athletes to be able to match themselves against international class champions. It will be a wonderful occasion and Italy is very good at organising events like these.”
The WMG is getting closer and Müller, as he always does, continues to train in the forests around Munich where he now lives and in the gyms of the Munich Olympic Stadium. In Turin this summer his races are not to be missed. He will be the man, on the verge of 75, who will be scorching across the track in the ‘Primo Nebiolo’ Stadium. Tall, lean and wearing glasses, even though they will be of more use to those behind him… to keep him in sight.