103-year-old wins two gold medals and breaks record in running

Julia “Hurricane” Hawkins competed in the 2019 Senior Games held in Albuquerque, New Mexico last week, and came away with two gold medals in the 50-meter and 100-meter dash, also breaking the record as the Games’ oldest American female competitor – did we mention she’s 103 years old?

It was only over two years ago, at age 100, when Hawkins decided to take up running. “[I] thought it’d be neat to run at 100 and do the 100-yard dash,” said the centenarian. In last year’s edition of the Games, Hawkins broke the world record for the 100-meter dash in her age group, clocking just over 40 seconds.

She has a garden in her Louisana home where she trains, sharing that running keeps her physically and mentally sharp; she also hopes to be an inspiration to other people her age: “I hope I’m inspiring to be healthy, and they realize they can still be doing it at this kind of age.”

Hawkins has four children, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren, but shares that there are a lot of events she wants to try out. Clearly old age won’t stop this “Hurricane”!

Story from Reuters.

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