Hawkins was born in Wisconsin in 1916. She has 4 youngsters, three grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Hawkins spent her years as an octogenarian doing biking time trials and pulling in a number of gold medals. She informed the Guardian that her biking profession ended as a result of “there wasn’t anyone left my age to compete with.” So on the age of 100, Hawkins registered to turn into a 100-meter sprinter. I don’t consider I’ve placed on socks but.
After Hurricane’s 100-meter report within the 100-104 age bracket was damaged by 100-year-old Cleveland, Ohio, lady Diane Friedman in August, Hawkins dusted off her trainers. After the race, she informed reporters “It was great to see so many members of the family and associates. However I wished to do it in lower than a minute.”
Because the Guardian factors out, whereas Hawkins and Friedman are blowing minds on the centenarian stage, there was a variety of motion within the subject of senior sports activities currently:
In August, Hiroo Tanaka of Japan blazed residence in 16.69 to set the male report within the 90 and over class. In girls’s competitors Australia’s Julie Brims broke the 55+ report in a time of 12:24, whereas American Kathy Bergen crossed the road in 16.26 within the 80 and over class. Bergen has additionally damaged age information within the excessive leap, 60m and 200m.
I damage my neck sleeping final night time.
Hawkins is aware of she’s an inspiration and has these phrases of recommendation: “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.”
Right here’s Julia “Hurricane” Hawkins incomes her nickname and creating the primary world report for 105+ observe and subject.
Right here’s Diane “Flash” Friedman setting the 100M report for the 100-104 age brackett.