Grace Foster sets W90 world record in 60; video goes viral
Grace Foster, who recently took up track at 91, demolished the listed W90 world indoor record for 60 meters, clocking 26.95 Saturday at the New Jersey USATF masters indoor championships in Toms River, N.J. The listed record is 31.82 by fellow American Ida Keeling at Clermont-Ferrand worlds in 2008. She ran in a skirt, with her son, M45 pentathlon record holder Greg Foster, cheering her on at the finish line. Video of her race is posted all over the Web, mainly on NBC affiliate sites. “When she came across the line and gave me a hug, I was happy,” said Greg. “And then the record on top of that was just a bonus.” Grace said she hoped she could be an inspiration to others, saying: “I’ve seen a lot of people much younger than I am act much older, so maybe I’ll be a help to some people. Keep moving.”
Grace isn’t quite the fastest W90 over that distance, however.
The listed W90 outdoor world record for 100 meters is 23.18 by Sweden’s Nora Wedemo in 2003. Nora passed the 60-meter mark in about 13.9. (And obviously a 23.18 over 100 beats a 26.95 over 60.)
But a record is a record, and we congratulate “Amazing” Grace on going for it!