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“I missed my nap for this”: 101-year-old US woman breaks world running record


Julia ‘Hurricane’ Hawkins ran the 100-metre race at the USA Track and Field Outdoors Masters Championships (USATF) this week in a time of 40.2 seconds – six seconds faster than the previous world record for women aged over 100.

But it’s not even a personal best – earlier this month, the great-grandmother ran the same dash in 39.62 seconds at the National Senior Games in Alabama.

Compare this to 25-year-old Jamaican Elaine Thompson who won gold in the same event at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games with a time of 10.71 seconds.

Going for gold

A former teacher, Ms Hawkins has always been a keen cyclist, but only took up track and field at the age of 100.

“I’m always outside and the phone always rings, and I come running in is how I knew I could run,” she said last month according to the Washington Post.

Provided her times are certified, her name will now be going down as the official world-record holder.

Hopefully that will make up for the lack of sleep – “[I] missed my nap for this,” she told USATF.

Lauren is a journalist for, agedcare101 and The Donaldson Sisters. Growing up in a big family in small town communities, she has always had a love for the written word, joining her local library at the age of six months. With over eight years' experience in writing and editing, she is a keen follower of news and current affairs with a nose for a good story.

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