'I Missed My Nap For This': 101-Year-Old Sprinter Breaks 100-Meter Dash Record
Meet 101-year-old Julia "Hurricane" Hawkins, who on Saturday became the oldest female athlete to ever compete in the USA Track and Field Outdoors Masters Championships. Not only that, but by running the 100 meters in 40.12 seconds, she shaved more than six seconds off the current certified world record for women aged 100 or older.
Astonishingly, that wasn't even a personal best. This month, at the National Senior Games in Birmingham, Alabama, Hawkins ran the dash in 39.62 seconds. If either of those times get certified in December, she will become the official world-record holder.
And to think, she may have missed her shot at making track and field history if she opted to follow her original plans for the day.
"[I] missed my nap for this," she said (via USATF) on Saturday at the event at Louisiana State University, not far from where Hawkins lives in Baton Rouge.
Hawkins is a natural talent. An avid bicyclist, she said she only began training for track and field last year.
"I'm always outside and the phone always rings, and I come running in is how I knew I could run," she told The Post last month.
Hawkins, who was born in Wisconsin in 1916, said she likes "the feeling of being independent," as well as the challenge. She also likes impressing her family, which includes the four children she had with her late husband, Murray, three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
"Having a momma that can do this pleases them, and it pleases me to please them," the former schoolteacher said.
Today, Hawkins spends most of her waking hours being active (no surprise). Along with running and cycling, she's an avid gardener.
She's also humble.
Asked about how she thought her race went on Saturday, she told the Advocate, "This time I wasn't feeling like I was going that fast."
(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)
Forbes › Finance › 13 months ago
Manchester City has paid Tottenham Hotspur $69M to sign right-back Kyle Walker. The fee is a world record for a defender and Walker will almost...
CNN › Auto › 13 months ago
If Wall Street is concerned about the drama in Washington, it's not showing it. The Dow jumped 120 points on Friday, notching its 25th record of the...
NDTV News › Sports › 13 months ago
Roger Federer beat Tomas Berdych in straight sets to reach 11th Wimbledon finals © AFP Seven-time champion Roger Federer reached his 11th...
Forbes › 13 months ago
BreitlingBreitling's Douglas DC-3. Yesterday I went up in Breitling’s 1940 Douglas DC-3. To execute a photo-op flyby with the Hollywood sign in the...
Los Angeles Times › Incident › 13 months ago
Afghanistan's protracted war killed a record number of civilians during the first six months of this year, according to a United Nations report...
NDTV News › 13 months ago
Carlton Williams set the Guinness World Record for the most push ups in one hour (male) How's this for #FitnessGoals? A 52-year-old man has set a...
Miami Herald › 13 months ago
Watch your back, Usain Bolt - there’s a new 100-meter dash superstar and she looks unstoppable. Meet 101-year-old Julia “Hurricane” Hawkins, who...
Inside Edition › 13 months ago
A 101-year-old just became the oldest woman ever to compete in the USA Track and Field Outdoors Masters Championships on Saturday.Julia “Hurricane...
Chicago Tribune › 13 months ago
Watch your back, Usain Bolt - there's a new 100-meter dash superstar and she looks unstoppable.Meet 101-year-old Julia "Hurricane" Hawkins, who on...