Orville Rogers and Julia Hawkins were the oldest competitors at the USATF Masters Indoor Championships in Landover, Md. and now they are the newest world record holders!
100-year-old Orville Rogers of Dallas, Texas added another accolade to his previous records with a pending world record in the men’s 100+ indoor 400m finishing in 4:16.90.
Rogers also set a new age group record for the 100 yr + category in the men's 60m in 19.13.
In a tweet posted by the USATF, you can see in the video how Rogers handily smokes the competition!!
He started running at age 50, after reading a book entitled Aerobics by Dr. Ken Cooper.
Rogers is accustomed to the record books as he has set age group world records in 13 events, from the 60 meters to the 3,000.
What is even more impressive is that in 2011, Rogers suffered a stroke that sent his left hand, foot and hip into temporary paralysis but he recovered and has kept on running.
Rogers was cheered on by a sea of family members wearing matching blue “Orville” t-shirts and competed alongside age group winners: 95-year-old Roy Englert of Springfield, Virginia and 93-year-old Dixon Hemphill of Fairfax, Virginia.
At age 102, Julia"Hurricane" Hawkins from Louisiana, competed for the W100 record as the oldest woman in the history of USATF Championships.
Born in 1917, Hawkins has been an avid bicyclist for many years, but only started running competitively for the first time at age 100.
“I’ve got strong legs from bicycling. I’m always outside and the phone always rings, and I come running in is how I knew I could run,” she said in an 2017 interview with The Washington Post.
Last year, Hawkins set the record for women 100 or older, in the 100-meter dash at the USA Track and Field Outdoors Masters Championships clocking in at 40.12.
Congratulations on your world records Orville and Julia!!
Hopefully, we could all be this fit and agile as centenarians.