18 Aug

100m Record At 99

A 99-year-old woman from New York has set a 100-metre sprint American record for the 95-99 age category at the Gay Games in Cleveland, Ohio. Ida Keeling, who is a great-great-grandmother, finished the race in 59.8 seconds – just shy of Usain Bolt’s world record of 9.58 seconds

Clad in lycra running tights and gold Nike trainers, Ida was making her first appearance at the Gay Games, which were first held in San Francisco in 1982.

Ms Keeling joked about the younger competitors: “I feel much younger than they do.”

Her daughter, Shelley Keeling, who embraced her as she crossed the finish line, said: “Mum is amazing even to me I have to admit that. She is a remarkable human being.”

Adding that her mother sees the Gay Games 'just as running with other runners'.

It is the not the first record that Keeling has broken, as she smashed her age group’s record for the 60-metre sprint in 2011, with a time of 29.86 seconds.

Ms Keeling said: “I feel like a puppy. I feel younger now than when I was in my 30s and 40s. It felt good, and I felt uplifted. I said, ‘Well, gee, this is for me.’ 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.”