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Today we are highlighting a story about Ida Ida Keeling. Ida is the world’s fastest nonagenarian.
The 95-year-old Bronx native set a world record at a track meet in northern Manhattan last week, running 60 meters in 29.86 seconds, according to ABC News. She’s the oldest woman to do so.
At 4-foot-6 and 83 lbs Keeling says she has always been the oldest person at her meets. That might be because she didn’t even take up running until she was 67.
From ABC News:
Active and healthy and living alone in her Bronx, N.Y., apartment, she could pass for 75. She says she feels even younger.
“Like a puppy,” she declares. “I feel younger now than when I was in my 30s and 40s and had all those problems. Then I was aged!“
Keeling’s husband died of a heart attack at the age of 42, and both of her sons were killed in drug-related killings, according to ABC. Her daughter, Shelley, a lawyer, real estate investor, and high school track coach convinced her mother to take up running at 67.
Since then, Keeling has set record after record, becoming one of the world’s oldest sprinting legends. According to ABC, she set the record for the world’s fastest sprint in the 90-and-over age category last year.
For ABC’s piece on the elderly sprinter, check out the video below. (Click the image to jump to the article on the Huffington Post site and scroll down to see the video.)
ARTICLE REFERENCE: Huffington Post