American Julia Hawkins, nicknamed “Hurricane,” has set a new world record in the 100-meter run in her age group. USA Today reported this.
At the age of 105, the woman covered the distance in 1 minute and 2.95 seconds. The competition was held in Louisiana on November 6. “The older you get, the more hobbies you should have… Staying active is one of my main hobbies,” the athlete told the newspaper.
The race was held near Hawkins’ childhood home in Ponchatoula, where she also taught high school. Some of her former students came to cheer up the elderly participant. The woman was invited to participate in the National Games in Fort Lauderdale, which will be held in May 2022. “Hurricane” has not yet given a final answer.
Hawkins began competing in running competitions when she turned 100. Before that, she was engaged in cycling.
In 2017, she set a world record in the 100-104 age group when she ran 100 meters in 40.12 seconds. In 2019, she covered the 100-meter distance in 46.07 seconds. As the American admitted, she does not run every day but tries to stay active and walk about one mile (1.6 kilometers) every day.