(BATON ROUGE, La.) — Julia Hawkins, 101, knows a thing or two about going the distance, and with a nickname like “Hurricane,” you can be sure that speed and power are on her radar, too.
On Saturday, the Baton Rouge centenarian set a world record by completing the 100-meter dash in 40.12 seconds, the fastest time for her age group.
Hawkins’ life as an athlete began at age 81. Two decades later, she still has a fire in her belly that’s aimed at the finish line.
“I’m competitive and I’ve always been and I liked that I did win,” Hawkins told ABC affiliate WBRZ-TV.
She is the oldest female competitor in USA Track and Field history, WBRZ-TV reported.
Hawkins said she is also inspired by the memory of her late husband.
“He would be very pleased, I know, and to please him pleases me,” she added.
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