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Highmore centenarian wins gold at National Senior Games

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HIGHMORE (AP) — A 100-year-old Highmore man has brought home five medals, including three gold, from the National Senior Games in Cleveland.

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John Zilverberg won his age division in the hammer throw, javelin and singles bowling, the Capital Journal reported. He also won silver in the shot put and discus. He was 99 when he competed and turned 100 on Friday, the day he returned home.

The National Senior Games are for people age 50 and older. The association that runs the games is recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Zilberberg's daughter-in-law, April, said Zilverberg has some hearing loss but is still sharp mentally and physically. He golfs nine holes every morning if the weather is good, maintains an expansive garden and often travels to Pierre to bowl.

Zilverberg credits much of his longevity and energy to the decades he spent ranching. His advice for others wishing to reach his age and level of spryness is to exercise and "don't drink yourself to death; don't smoke yourself to death."

Zilberberg has been competing in the Senior Games since 1985. He plans to compete in the next games in Minneapolis in 2015.

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