Monday, June 1, 2015
Oldest woman to complete a marathon: Harriette Thompson breaks Guinness World Records record (VIDEO)
SAN DIEGO, CA, USA -- Harriette Thompson of Charlotte, North Carolina, a 92-year-old cancer survivor, completed Sunday's Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in San Diego in 7hr 24min 36sec, setting the new world record for the Oldest woman to finish a marathon,
according to the World Record Academy.
Photo: Harriette Thompson, a 92-year-old native of Charlotte, North Carolina, became the oldest woman to complete a marathon as she finished Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in San Diego with a time of seven hours, 24 minutes and 36 seconds. (enlarge photo)
The Guinness World Records' record for the oldest active boxer is Mike Palmer (USA, b. 7 April 1957), who was 57 years 327 days old at the time of his most recent bout on 28 February 2015 in Bismarck, North Dakota, USA.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the Oldest Olympic gold medallist, set by Oscar Swahn (Sweden), who was in the winning Running Deer shooting team at the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm, Sweden, aged 64 years 258 days. In 1920, at the Antwerp Olympics, Belgium, he became the oldest silver medalist in this event at 72 years 280 days.
The oldest woman to previously complete a marathon was Gladys Burrill, who was 92 years and 19 days old when she completed the 2010 Honolulu Marathon. Thompson is 92 years, 65 days old, according to the race organisers.
A classically trained pianist who played three times at Carnegie Hall, Thompson says she mentally plays old piano pieces she had performed to help her get through the 26 miles, 385 yards.
She did not begin running marathons until she was in her 70s, after a member of her church approached her about being one of her sponsors in a marathon to raise money to fight leukemia and lymphoma.
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Oldest female marathon finisher: Gladys Burrill
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Oldest yoga teacher: 89-year-old Gladys Morris
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Oldest Olympic Torch Bearer: Diana Gould sets world record (VIDEO)
Oldest professional sharpshooter: Chandro Tomar sets world record
Oldest Yoga Teacher: Bernice Mary Bates sets world record
Oldest active boxer: Stephen Ward (Video)
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Oldest competitive female bodybuilder: Ernestine Shepherd (Video)
person to reach the top of Mt Kilimanjaro - George Solt
Everest climber - Bahadur Sherchan
competing bodybuilder-world record set by Ray Moon
Largest mattress: Dolidol Maroc
Most people making heart-shaped hand gestures: Carrefour Belgium
Longest playable stringed musical instrument: CapitaLand Singapore