105-year-old Julia Hawkins sets new 100m sprint world record - Women's Running

105-year-old Julia Hawkins sets new 100m sprint world record

Author: Kate Sellers

Read Time:   |  December 8, 2021

Julia 'Hurricane' Hawkins is getting some serious admiration from us after her incredible achievement – we find out all the details and how she felt after setting the new 100m sprint world record

We are constantly bowled over by the achievements of women runners and love to celebrate them. And US athlete Julia Hawkins might just be our most inspiring runner to date – earlier this month, she set a new 100m sprint world record in the women’s 105+ age category, finishing in 1m 02s.

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The retired teacher is no stranger to smashing records. She previously set 100m and 50m records in the women’s 100+ age category, back in 2017, as well as winning several gold medals in cycling when she started competing in the National Senior Games aged 80.



Her achievements are testament to her tenacity and commitment. It maybe comes as no surprise, then, to hear that she was actually disappointed with her performance in her latest event. “I wanted to do it in less than a minute!” she said to her supporters after the race.

But race expectations aside, she was thrilled that so many people had come to watch her and get involved. “It was wonderful to see everyone, ” she said. “I love to run, and I love being an inspiration to others.”

And that’s the key to Julia’s success: she has a message that she wants to keep sharing with the world. “I want to keep running as long as I can, to show others that you have to stay active if you want to be healthy and happy as you age.” We couldn’t be more convinced of that now, Julia!

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Kate Sellers

Kate Sellers

Kate is our Senior Digital Executive and a keen runner. She's also a qualified Personal Trainer and yoga teacher, so she knows her stuff about workouts, cross-training and stretching. She loves to combine running and exploring, so you'll often find her testing out the latest kit in exciting locations across the UK and beyond. Kate champions exercising for enjoyment. "Most of the year, you'll find me running for fun and wellbeing," she says. "That being said, I do still love the thrill of training for a race from time to time!"

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