An American woman named Diane Hoffman, aged 92, ran 2:44.25 in the 400m at the New England Open and Masters Championship in Worcester, Mass. on July 27, taking more than two seconds off the previous age-group world record for that distance–after already breaking her own American age-group record in the 100m. Later she also took down the US 200m record by a whopping 14 seconds, clocking 56.33. Shockingly, Hoffman only took up track running in the last year or two, at the urging of her son. (She does play tennis regularly.)
🚨🌎Meet update: Diane Hofffman, 91, breaks the 🌎 WORLD RECORD in the 400m dash for women’s 90-95 age group! Diane split a 2:44.25, to beat the existing WR of 2:46.56…and she’s not done yet! pic.twitter.com/fzSyRvNSYQ
— USATF New England (@usatfne) July 27, 2019
Hoffman’s previous record in the 100m was 24.22, set at this same meet last year. The previous 400m world record was held by Emilia García de Fontán of Colombia at 2:46.56 since 2015.
According to a report in the Boston Globe, Hoffman modestly claims she breaks records because, at her age, there is simply no competition. She was, in fact, at least 30 years older than any other woman at the meet. She claims to be much more comfortable on the tennis court, where she plays a mean serve-and-volley game, dashing from side to side to block her opponent’s shots.