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92-year-old US woman oldest ever to finish a marathon

(2011-04-11 13:01:19)
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92-year-old US woman oldest ever to finish a marathon

美国92岁妇女成为完成马拉松最年长的女子

In this photo released by the Honolulu Marathon, Gladys Burrill crosses the finish line during the Dec 12, 2010 Honolulu Marathon, making her the oldest woman to ever complete a marathon. [Photo/Agencies]

这是格拉迪丝·伯里尔来自火奴鲁鲁马拉松比赛现场的照片。2010年12月12日,她冲过终点线,成为完成马拉松比赛最年长的女子。

HONOLULU - Gladys Burrill wasn't thinking about breaking a world record when she power-walked and jogged through the Honolulu Marathon at age 92.

火奴鲁鲁电—92岁的格拉迪丝·伯里尔间或暴走,间或慢跑完成了火奴鲁鲁马拉松比赛。她根本没想到自己打破了世界记录。

But Burrill, a part-time Hawaii resident nicknamed the "Gladyator," learned soon after finishing the race on Dec 12, 2010 with a time of nine hours and 53 minutes that she likely qualified for the recognition.

暂住夏威夷的伯里尔有个“角斗士”的绰号。在2010年12月12日她以9小时53分的成绩完成了比赛后,很快得知很可能破记录。

Guinness World Records confirmed Burrill's accomplishment Saturday, and the Hawaii House of Representatives honored her with a certificate and lei during a ceremony Monday.

吉尼斯世界记录于周六承认格拉迪丝·伯里尔完成了此次马拉松比赛。在周一的庆祝仪式上。夏威夷众议院向她颁发证书并戴上花环。

Her advice for others wanting to live a long and healthy lifestyle?

那么她对长寿和健康的生活方式有什么建议呢?

"Just get out there and walk or run," she said Monday. "I like walking because you can stop and smell the roses, but it's a rarity that I stop."

她说:“就是出门散步或跑步。我喜欢散步,你可以停下来闻一闻玫瑰花的香味。不过,我很少停步。”

Burrill had been a multi-engine aircraft pilot, mountain climber, desert hiker and horseback rider before she ran her first marathon in 2004 at the age of 86.

2004年,86岁的伯里尔第一次参加了2004年马拉松比赛,在此之前,她驾驶过多轮发动机飞机,攀登高山,徒步穿过沙漠和骑马。

She said she was inspired when she saw early morning fireworks kicking off the marathon the year before.

她说前年看到启动马拉松比赛的清晨礼花大受鼓舞。

Since then, she's completed five of seven Honolulu Marathons. She dropped out of the race in 2008 just days after the death of her husband of 69 years, and a stomach ailment sidelined her in 2009 halfway through the course.

那个时候,她共参加过7次火奴鲁鲁马拉松比赛,有5次完成。2008年,她69岁的丈夫在马拉松比赛的前几天去世,所以伯里尔退出了比赛。而2009年,她因胃部不适半途而废。

Burrill said her positive attitude gave her the strength to start running marathons and keep at it. She still walks dozens of miles a week, including 45 miles last week.

伯里尔说乐观的态度给予她跑马拉松的力量并永不放弃。她每周仍然要走几十英里,就在上周她走了45英里。

"It's so important to think positive. It's easy to get discouraged and be negative," she said. "It makes such a difference in how you feel and your outlook on everything."

她说:“乐观的态度非常重要。人们很容易感到受挫,并产生负面情绪。其差别就在于你的所见所感。

Burrill's feat also has been recognized by the World Records Academy and by USA Track and Field. She eclipsed the previous record held by Jenny Wood-Allen of Dundee, Scotland, who was 90 years old when she completed the 2002 London Marathon.

伯里尔的壮举也已经得到世界纪录研究院和美国田径协会的认可,并打破了之前由英格兰人Jenny Wood-Allen of Dundee保持的世界记录。她在90岁高龄完成了2002年伦敦马拉松比赛。

"This lady has proved to herself, to the world and all of us on this floor that through hard work and inspiration, you can do what you set your heart to do," said Rep. Gene Ward, R-Kalama Valley-Hawaii Kai.

Rep. Gene Ward, R-Kalama Valley-Hawaii Kai说:“这位女士向她自己,向世界,向这里的所有人证明了通过艰苦努力和激情,你就可以随心所欲。

Burrill said she doesn't plan to run the Honolulu Marathon again this year, although she's tempted. Instead, she said she'll be cheering at the finish line for some friends in the race.

尽管火奴鲁鲁马拉松很吸引人,但伯里尔说她并没有打算今年再跑。相反地,她会在终点为参加比赛的朋友们欢呼。

 

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