BOSTON — Even as he gets closer to 100, Elkhart's Paul Randall keeps his competitive fires burning.
Randall, 96, recently competed in the 2,000-meter World Indoor Rowing Championships — aka C.R.A.S.H.-B Sprints — in Boston.
The oldest competitor in the 33rd annual event, of which Randall has taken part in many, he was clocked in 11 minutes, 47 seconds as a winner of the Lightweight Veteran Men's (95-99) Division.
The former World War II bomber pilot's performance was cheered loudly by those gathered at Boston University's Agganis Arena.
"I'm tickled pink about this," Randall told U.S. Rowing after his race while signing autographs on large postcards that read, "Be Like Paul" that were made especially for the occasion.
"This is a real victory," said Randall, who trains at the Elkhart Youth & Community Center (the former Elkhart YMCA). "I had my son (Tim) cheering me on. He's my son, my whole staff and my inspiration. Before the race I was nervous and scared and worried and half mad. But that doesn't count. The last minute is what counts."
The Elkhart Truth also wrote about Randall's 2011 competition, where the then-93-year-old competed in a "50-plus" category
You can also see on Youtube an interview with Randall from The Elkhart Truth's news partner WNDU and watch a video about his 2014 performance.
Randall began indoor rowing in 1988 and has been to more than 10 national and world championship competitions
He'll turn 97 on May 7.