We have often come across various events in recent times which have proved that there is certainly no age barrier in sports. Older athletes have defied the odds time and again with their will and determination, leaving everyone in awe of them. Just a few months back, 45-year-old cricketer named Darren Stevens hogged the limelight after scoring a century in county game.
However, something absolutely incredible recently happened which is certainly going to inspire lot of youngsters to focus on their health and fitness. A 105-year-old woman named Julia ‘Hurricane’ Hawkins, literally proved that age is just a number as she did the unthinkable. The retired Louisiana teacher became the first female athlete in world to register a time in 100-meter dash in 105+ age bracket.
It was an event covered by some media houses which took place in front of friends and family of the athlete. She got immense support from some fans as well as she clocked a historic time of 1:02:95 at the 2021 Louisiana Senior Games competition, which is the state’s qualifying event for the biennial National Senior Games.
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“I wanted to do it in less than a minute,” said Julia
Despite creating a world record, she was not really satisfied with her heroic effort as she expressed her disappointment on failing to breach the one-minute mark. “It was wonderful to see so many family members and friends. But I wanted to do it in less than a minute,” Julia Hawkins said after the race.
“I love to run, and I love being an inspiration to others. I want to keep running as long as I can. My message to others is that you have to stay active if you want to be healthy and happy as you age,” the 105-year-old added.
Hawkins was also a record holder in 100-104 age bracket
It must be noted that Hawkins had also created 100-meter record in the 100-104 age category in 2017, where she had recorded a time of 39:62. Interestingly, the inspirational athlete had developed an interest in running at age of 100 only, before which she had been a cyclist throughout her life.