A 100-year-old woman from South Carolina recently set a new world record for the 100-meter dash for her age bracket. Ella Mae Colbert, a retired teacher, succeeded in the attempt just a week after becoming a centenarian, reports Fox5 news.
Colbert fell and scraped her chin during her first attempt at the middle school in Chesnee, but she got right back on the track after applying a bandage on her wound.
“I think I started too fast. You have something in your way, but you don’t let it get you down…I want you to do your best. So when you get to my age, you’ll be running too,” she said.
She crossed the finish line in 46.791 seconds, smashing the previous record of 1 minute and 17 seconds. She was greeted with cheers and people shouting, “Ella Mae! Ella Mae!” as she ran on the track.
Medallion Athletics officials were present at the race to make sure Colbert’s time was as accurate as possible. Her nephew submitted her information to the Guinness Book of World Records.
Colbert has been running since she was a teenager and credits three-mile runs with her nephews and niece with keeping her active.