Julia Hawkins, who is 105 years old and nicknamed ‘Hurricane Hawkins’, is now the oldest competitive female sprinter in the world, setting the 105+ 100m world record on Saturday in 1:02.95 seconds at the Louisana Senior Games.
SHE DID IT! Julia Hawkins is now the only woman and American to establish a 105+ age category World Record in track and field! Story, photos and video clips to come! #NSG2022 #RealSeniorMoments #HurricaneHawkins pic.twitter.com/Qj4DVrx8G2
— NSGA (@SeniorGames1) November 6, 2021
The Baton Rouge, La. resident now stands uncontested as the fastest senior sprinter in the world, as the first 105-year-old woman to race 100m. After Hawkins set the record, she said to the local media that she wants to continue doing this race annually.
Hawkins only took up racing when she turned 100, and she immediately set world records in the 100+ division, but now holds the 105+ record that never existed before. According to an interview with the NY Times, her training consists of maneuvering around her garden.
Julia sets marker: Be the first woman to break 1 minute for 100 meters at age 105. Her WR is 1:02.95 https://t.co/6KmyANjXj5
— Ken Stone (@KenStoneMedia) November 8, 2021
Although her record is 10 times slower than the women’s world record of 10.48 set by U.S. sprinter Florence Griffith-Joyner in 1988. The men’s 105+ 100m record was set by Japan’s Hidekichi Miyazaki in 2015, in which he ran a speedy 42.44 seconds. Miyazaki was born in 1910 and passed away in 2019 at 108.