100 Year-Old Competitive Weight Lifter Sets Record

Strong Retired Grandmother Women Lifting Weight

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A Florida woman received word just prior to her 100th birthday that she is a Guinness World Record holder as the world's oldest competitive powerlifter. Tampa woman Edith Murway-Traina, who is preparing to turn 100 on Sunday, was 98 years and 94 days old at the time of her last competition in 2019, earning her the Guinness record for being the oldest female competitive powerlifter.

Murway-Traina might soon break her own record, as she is scheduled to compete in November. She lifts weights ranging from 40-150 pounds at her competitions, which have earned her so many trophies that she's run out of room for them. Murway-Traina spent years as a dancing instructor before a friend invited the then-91-year-old to join her at the gym, where her interest in lifting was sparked. "While I was watching those ladies doing their thing, I thought I just as well should pick up a few bars, and I did," the record-holder told Guinness.

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