100-year-old woman sets record in 100-yard dash

100-year-old Ella Mae Colbert inspires South Carolina students by setting a new world record in the 100-yard dash.

(WYFF)  A retired South Carolina teacher could be a record breaker.
Ella Mae Colbert, 100, ran the 100-meter dash at Chesnee Middle on Tuesday.
Students, teachers, school district employees and people from the community lined the track to support her. They chanted "Ella Mae" at times, causing Colbert to do a dance before she started running.
When the gun went off, she started running but tripped. She needed a bandage for a chin after the fall.
"When she fell, I almost cried, then when she got up it made me feel 100 times better," said Martha Cox, a seventh-grade student. "She's a major inspiration on me, because I run track and I hope to be like her when I get older."
Colbert then went back to the starting line. The gun went off again and she took off.
An official timing company tracked Colbert's every move.
She crossed the finish line after 46.79 seconds -- though to be a new record for a 100-year-old.
Colbert's family will take the statistics from the timing company and share them with Guinness World Records, hoping to have Colbert certified as the new record holder.


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