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Run Ida, run! 99-year-old great-great-grandmother sets a new world record for the 100 meter sprint at Gay Games
- Ida Keeling from New York City ran 100 meters in 59.8 seconds on Tuesday at the Gay Games in Akron, Ohio
- The sporting event is LGBT but not everyone who takes part is
- Although she finished last, Ms Keeling set a new record for her age group
- She took up running at the age of 67 and trains in the corridors of her Bronx apartment block
- When it comes to diet she prefers to eat her evening meal – a hamburger, fish, or liver – for breakfast because it gives her ‘fuel for the day’
Ida Keeling from New York City achieved the feat on Tuesday at the Gay Games in Akron, Ohio.
Wearing her favorite gold Nike sneakers and Lycras, the 4ft 6in, 83lb former factory worker raced along the track in temperatures topping 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
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Caught on camera: A 99-year-old running enthusiast has set a new 100-meter record for her age group, at 59.8 seconds
Determined: Ida Keeling from New York City achieved the feat on Tuesday at the Gay Games in Akron, Ohio
Special moment: The senior was greeted by her daughter and trainer, Shelley Kelling, at the finish line
When she reached the finish line spectators greeted her with a round of applause.
Her coach and daughter, Shelley Kelling, also went to give her a big hug.
‘Mom is amazing even to me,’ Ms Kelling said of her mother. ‘I have to admit that. She is a remarkable human being.’
Although the great-great-grandmother finished last in the 100 meters, it is believed no woman her age has ever recorded a faster time in an internationally-certified race.
It’s not the first record the senior has set.
Breaking sweat: Ms Keeling raced in temperatures around 80 degrees Fahrenheit
Keeping in shape: She is determined to keep running as long as possible, and to outlive her grandmother, who survived until the age of 104
Dressed for the occasion: Ms Keeling wears her favorite gold Nike running shoes
Starting line: Although the great-great-grandmother finished last in the 100 meters, it is believed no woman her age has ever recorded a faster time in an internationally-certified race
In 2011 Ms Keeling achieved a world best for her age group in the 60 meters with a time of 29.86 seconds on the track.
She participated in the race alongside girls a quarter of her age.
The jogger said at the time: ‘I feel like a puppy. I feel younger now than when I was in my 30s and 40s.’
Ms Keeling, whose husband died of a heart attack at the age of 42, decided to take up running nearly 30 years ago.
Her lawyer daughter, who coaches track and field at a nearby high school, convinced her to give it a try at the age of 67.
And after a life of sadness – she also lost two sons, Charles and Donald, to drug-related killings in 1979 and 1981 – the senior citizen found refuge in running.
Flashback: Ms Keeling took up running at the age of 67 when her daughter convinced her to give it a try
Pumping iron: The fitness fanatic lifts weights in her New York apartment
‘It felt good, and I felt uplifted,’ she previously told ABC. ‘I said, “Well, gee, this is for me”.’
She trains in the corridors of her Bronx apartment block, lifts weights and cycles on an exercise bike.
She also prefers to eat her evening meal – a hamburger, fish, or liver – for breakfast.
‘Gives me fuel for the day,’ she said.
And her health regime is paying dividends – she takes just one prescription drug and could easily pass for a woman 20 years younger.
She is determined to keep running as long as possible, and to outlive her grandmother, who survived until the age of 104.
‘Every year I am going to keep doing what I am doing, and when running time comes, if I feel I am ready, I will go at it,’ she said.
She turns 100 next May.