Julia Hawkins Sets 100-Meter Dash Record for Women 100 Years or Older

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistJuly 16, 2017

Hayward Field is viewed during the Prefontaine Classic track and field meet in Eugene, Ore., Saturday, May 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
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Julia Hawkins ran the 100-meter dash in 40.12 seconds at the USA Track and Field Outdoors Masters Championships on Saturday, setting the record for a woman 100 or older, the Washington Post's Marissa Payne reported.

USA Track and Field shared a photo of the 101-year-old in action:

Payne noted Hawkins ran the 100-meter dash in 39.62 seconds at the National Senior Games in June. To claim the official world record, her times will need to be verified.

Runner's World's Jenny McCoy reported in May that Hawkins first took up competitive running after she turned 100. Hawkins told McCoy she was looking to embark on a new challenge.

"I knew I could run because I'm always in the yard working, and when the phone rings, I go running inside to answer it," she said. "I thought it'd be fun to run 100 meters since I'm more than 100 years old."