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USA Masters Athletics: incredible 100-year-old Dallas Man breaks Five World Track Records

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100-year-old Superhuman Orville Rogers sets of Five New World Records in races of USA Masters competition. It’s hard to believe – especially after witnessing his record-breaking performance at the Masters Indoor Track and Field Championships in Landover, Maryland over the weekend – but Rogers, a World War II veteran, is actually 100 years old.

“How great it feels at the age of 100 to break five new world track records and to bring home the gold,” Rogers, who lives in Dallas, told ABC News.

With his family cheering him on, Rogers set new records in the 60-meter, 200-meter, 400-meter, 800-meter and 1500-meter events in the 100 to 104-age category of Masters Athletics.

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Photo: © USATF Masters Athletics

Orville Rogers born in November 28, 1917 in Texas, USA. He has set multiple world records, shown in the List of World Records in Masters Athletics. At the age of 50, Rogers took up running after reading the book Aerobics by Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper. Rogers credits Dr. Cooper with saving his life, “at least once, probably twice,” first by kickstarting his running career, and again when Dr. Cooper discovered blockage in his heart during a Cooper test. Orville has competed in Masters athletics races, setting records at the age of 90 and 95. In 2015, Orville teamed up with other nonagenarians to set multiple relay running records. He made national news after a video of his sprint against then 92 year old Dixon Hemphill went viral. Rogers, 99 at the time, won the race by 0.05 seconds. To celebrate his 100th birthday, Orville and his family ran a combined 100 miles. He then set two 100-year-old age group records in the 60m at 19.13 and 400m at 4:16:90 while competing at the 2018 USATF Masters Indoor Championships.

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Rogers, a widower, has four children (three of whom are still alive), 14 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

“We’re a very close family,” he told ABC News. “We take family vacations every summer for 44 years now and we enjoy getting together anywhere.

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