100-Year-Old Shatters 100-Meter-Dash Record: “Jesus Is My Coach”
Ella Mae Colbert, a 100-year-old runner in South Carolina has just broken the Guinness World Record for fastest 100-meter dash by a runner over 100-years-old.
Colbert’s first attempt ended Tuesday when she stumbled and fell in front of cheering family and well-wishers who lined the track at Chesnee Middle School. But after bandaging her chin, she got herself back up, and went straight back to the finish line for what was reportedly a 46:7-second finish. The retired school teacher’s family has applied with the Guinness Book of World Records for consideration — but many are already proclaiming her a winner.
“You do not stop,” Colbert told NBC. “Go ahead. You’ll have some trials and you’ll have something that gets in your way, but you don’t let it get you down. You get up. You go again.”
The centenarian has been running since high school, takes three-mile walks as often as possible and eats whatever she likes, she said.