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Watch 100-year-old Ida Keeling set a world record in the 100-meter dash, then do some push-ups

Ida Keeling will celebrate her 101st birthday this month. On Saturday she celebrated something else -- a world record in the 100-meter dash.

Keeling power walked the event in the masters mixed 80-and-older division at the Penn Relays. Although she finished last in the race, Keeling’s time of 1 minute, 17.33 seconds is the best ever recorded for anyone who’s been around for a century or more.

“It was wonderful,” an admittedly exhausted Keeling said of a performance that had a Franklin Field crowd of 44,469 on its feet. “I’m very happy to offer all of this crowd a nice example of what you can do for yourself, and I thank God every day for my blessings.”

The race was won by 88-year-old Ed Cox in 17.85 seconds.

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Keeling, who grew up in Harlem, also holds the American record for women 95-99 years old in the 60-meter dash (29.86). She started running at age 67 when her daughter, Shelley Keeling, now 64 and a former track and field coach, signed her up for a race.

Shelley Keeling said her mother might be done with racing now.

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“I’d rather she leave on a high note,” she said, hinting at new fields to conquer. “She’s quite strong, and there’s no records in any of the powerlifting, bench, squat and deadlift.”

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Ida Keeling demonstrated that strength after the race by doing several push-ups in front of the crowd.

“I just keep going,” she said. “Your strength is in you.”

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