• Ida Keeling breaks record for 100m sprint as a 100 year old woman (NBC)Source: NBC
The nearly 101-year-old Ida Keeling set the record for a 100 year old woman in the 100m sprint on the weekend at the Penn Relays event, the oldest and largest track and field competition in the United States, held since 1895 in Philadelphia.
Rachel de Bear

The New York Times
3 May 2016 - 3:00 PM  UPDATED 3 May 2016 - 3:00 PM

Her time of 1 minute and 17.33 seconds earned her the record.  

Here's five reasons why she's the coolest. 

1. She rocked out 5 push-ups to celebrate after the race



2. Her "raspberry" beret & gold kicks


3. Her attitude to life

She gave this advice for life in a post-race interview (video below):

"Love yourself...do what you have to do, not what you want to do..."

"Eat for nutrition not for taste, exercise at least once a day." 



4. Held the record for a 99-year-old in the 100m sprint - 59.8 seconds


5. She just goes out and gets...it...done...


She lost two children to drug violence and afterwards, suffered depression. At 67, she took up running as therapy, encouraged by her daughter. Her daughter is still her personal trainer/coach.

The New York Times piece profiling Ida Keeling before the race is well worth the read.