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105-Year-Old Woman Sets New World Record For 100 Metre Dash

Max Sherry

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105-Year-Old Woman Sets New World Record For 100 Metre Dash

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Julia Hawkins is the quickest 105-year-old on the planet.

The former school teacher, nicknamed "Hurricane Hawkins", just set a new world record in the 100-metre dash for her age, finishing with a time of 1:02:95 at the National Senior Games.

She is now the first ever female athlete to set the 100-metre record in her 105+ age group.

"The older you get, the more passions you ought to have. "Keeping active is one of my most important passions," Hawkins told USA Today,

"I keep thinking, 'Why am I left here?' Why haven't I been called by now?'

"People say that they want to be just like me when they grow up... And I think if I can please people and give them hope, then it's worth living longer."

Incredibly, this isn't the first time Hawkins' name has featured in the history record books.

Back in 2017, she also clocked the fastest time for the 100-metres for the 100-104 age group, crossing the finish line in just over 39 seconds.

"When I started running, I found it was a pleasure. I enjoyed doing it. So it was a new challenge, and I took to it like a duck to water," Hawkins said.

"I felt that would be a neat challenge to run the 100 [meter] dash, at 100, in under a minute.

"I believe in magic moments, thinking of things that you see and do and feel that more than just usual. They're absolutely out of this world, they're so unusual. And wonderful. Every time I race it's a magic moment."

What a legend!

Topics: Australia

Max Sherry
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