100-year-old scoops Guinness World Record for ‘oldest female competitive powerlifter’
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100-year-old scoops Guinness World Record for ‘oldest female competitive powerlifter’

A staggeringly powerful 100-year-old woman is set to have her name immortalised in the Guinness World Records as one of the oldest powerlifters.

Her impressive win will be marked in the 2022 book after a 68kg power lift.

Great-great-grandmother Edith Murway-Traina actually made the impressive lift aged 98 years and 94 days in 2019, but the record is now officially recognised as she turns 100.

The former dance instructor and performer living in Florida took up weightlifting nine years ago when forced to go to the gym by a friend.

Edith told the New York Post: “She didn’t want to go by herself. She dragged me kicking and screaming all the way, so that’s more or less how I got there.

She is now preparing for another powerlifting competition in November

“I saw all these other ladies lifting weights, and it looked interesting.”

She also said that she was drawn to the sport due to how much she enjoys being the centre of attention, a trait that developed during her previous careers.

The instant feedback and receiving applause when you succeed on a huge lift, reminded Edith of her performing days.

100-year-old great-great-grandmother grabs 'oldest competitive powerlifter' world record
Edith’s friend described her as a ‘determined’ lady motivated by a tough challenge

Her pal Carmen Gutworth tells Edith’s powerlifting origin story slightly differently and said: “You can’t drag Edith anywhere.

“Edith kept going because she always keeps going. She will not quit, and anything that’s hard… that makes her more determined.

“If it’s easy, she might get bored, but if it’s hard, she’s going to do it.”

Edith took to powerlifting extremely quickly and soon started competing in senior events, often coming out on top.

100-year-old great-great-grandmother grabs 'oldest competitive powerlifter' world record
The former performer confessed that she loves being the centre of attention

Unfortunately, doctors made her step back from the hobby at the start of the pandemic, a wise move considering her age. She is now back preparing for a competition in November under the supervision of coach Bill Beekley, with her eyes on the prize once more.

“Now I am starting from scratch and seeing what I can accomplish,” said Edith.

She will be competing for the first time since hitting 100 and has said that trashing the “sweet little old lady stereotype” motivates her further.

She told Good News Network: “I think in my nineties, I became more aware of the need for people to be recognized for who they are, or what they are, or how they are and it’s the most beautiful thing in the world.

“I think I survive on that, mostly, myself.”

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