‘Hurricane’ Hawkins, 103, breaks running record in US

A 103-year-old has become the oldest woman to compete on an American race track after finishing 50 and 100-metre dashes at the National Senior Games in New Mexico.

The Louisiana resident, dubbed Julia “Hurricane” Hawkins, holds the world record for her age group of 100 and over in the 100 metres, organisers say.

Although Ms Hawkins didn’t beat her previous time, she crossed the line in just over 46 seconds in Albuquerque.

She was also clocked at 21.06 in the 50-metre event, which appears to be a new Senior Games record for the women’s 100-plus age division.

She won two gold medals.

There’s no record of a past female competitor in that contest.

Ms Hawkins didn’t start running until she was 100.

“I thought it’d be neat to start running,” she told ABC News.

The retired teacher says staying active keeps her sharp and she hopes she can serve as an inspiration to others.

“It’s awe-inspiring to me to be able to do this,” she said, adding: “Realise you can still be doing it at this kind of an age.”

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