103-year-old woman sets new record for 50-metre sprint
With a nickname like 'Hurricane', one American woman certainly lives up to the billing.
Julia Hawkins, from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, set a new record in the 50-metre dash in her age group when competing at the Senior Games in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The most impressive aspect? She's a 103-year-old athlete.
Hawkins is a former teacher, and on this showing she certainly schooled the rest of her class.
Donning a USA track and field shirt, the 103-year-old completed the race in a brilliant 21.06 seconds. This set a new record for the over-100 age group in the process.
Her son spoke to local news in the States, and said: "I call her a little old lady in tennis shoes."
Witness the fitness
This isn't Hawkins' first record-breaking run, either.
Two years ago, she set a new record in the 100-metre sprint, finishing the race in 40.12 seconds. At this year's Senior Games, she finished the 100 metres in 46 seconds, but it's still an admirable time.
103-year-old Julia “Hurricane” Hawkins is hot on the track at the National Senior Games this week cementing her title as the oldest women to compete on an American track! Today, she spread inspiration with every step as she ran the 100-meter dash in 46.07.#RealSeniorMoments pic.twitter.com/sa6GzPjKg0
— NSGA (@SeniorGames1) June 18, 2019
You might have assumed Hawkins had a history of competing in athletics, but the 103-year-old only began running two years ago.
That said, she credits her sensational fitness to years of cycling and simply staying active in everyday life.
Speaking to the Albuquerque Journal, Hawkins said, "I keep active all the time - I have an acre of land. I work in it all the time.
"I have 30 bonsai bushes - some are 40 or 50 years old. That keeps me busy."