99-year-old smashes 100m world record

World of Sport:

Ida Keeling

A 99-year-old American woman has earned herself a place in the record books with an amazing 100m run.

New Yorker Ida Keeling did the unthinkable by smashing the one-minute barrier for the 100m race, a run which – once verified – will give her the world record for her age group with a time of 59.8 seconds.

Ida, a great-great grandmother, who is coached by her daughter Shelley (who is pictured above welcoming her over the line), came in 48 seconds behind the winning runner at the Gay Games event at the University of Akron.

But her time is believed to be unequalled by anyone in her age bracket over the distance.


“I feel like a puppy,” beamed a delighted Ida after the race.

“I feel younger now than when I was in my 30s and 40s,” added the tiny 4’6″ runner, clad in Michael Johnson-style golden shoes, who took up athletics aged 67.

Despite claiming a record, Ida says that this will not be the end of her 32-year track career.

“Every year I am going to keep doing what I am doing, and when running time comes, if I feel I am ready, I will go at it,” she said.

Source: Eurosport


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