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 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.
[Julia Hawkins started running at 100. Now she’s going for the gold.]
Astonishingly, that wasn’t even a personal best. This month, at the National Senior Games in Birmingham, Ala., 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.
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