A 99-year-old runner has mowed down a 92-year-old competitor in the final metres of a sprint race.
Orville Rogers, 99, narrowly sped ahead of Dixon Hemphill, 92, in the 60-metre event at the USATF Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships in New Mexico.
It was a photo finish – Orville won by five-hundredths of a second.
Rogers, a World War II veteran and pilot, clocked 18.00 seconds to Hemphill’s 18.05 seconds.
This compares to the sub-10 second times posted in the Olympics for the men’s 100m.
The amazing video of the pair has gone viral on social media, leaving them with countless notifications on Facebook.
Hemphill has participated in five events at the Albuquerque event – including one where he was the only runner in the men’s 90-to-94 age group.
“I took off, and I was a little bit ahead so I thought, ‘This is going well,’” Hemphill told Runner’s World .
“I think had I leaned a little bit, I would have won.”
The sprint was the shortest of five events tey also faced off in over the the event including the 200, 400, 800, and 1600, Runner’s World said.
Hemphill was faster in the longer events.