Edith Murway holds the Guinness World Record for oldest competitive weightlifter. She turns 100 on Sunday. Murway started powerlifting at 91.



You won't see Edith Murway competing at the Tokyo Olympics, but she is a record-breaking weightlifter.


Murway will be 100 years old on Sunday, and she recently became - I can't believe I'm saying this - the Guinness World Record holder for oldest competitive powerlifter.

EDITH MURWAY: I lifted 150 pounds. That was a deadlift off the ground, and that got everybody really interested in this little old lady who was busy trying to lift a bunch of weights.

MARTINEZ: All right, get this - Murway started powerlifting at the young age of 91, when her friend wanted a workout buddy.

MURWAY: And she dragged me kicking and screaming all the way to the gym.

INSKEEP: Murway then fell in love with the challenge and especially with competing.

MURWAY: This probably sounds silly, but the thing I like the most is the applause. When people like what I'm doing and they wave their hands and yelp and screech, I feed on that.

MARTINEZ: All performers feed on that. Now, COVID's kept Murway from those adoring fans and her trainer for over a year, but now she's back, preparing for a meet in November.

MURWAY: It's like starting all over again, but it's a challenge, and it's a lot of fun. And it's something that I never thought I would ever be doing. And here I am doing it.

INSKEEP: Indeed she is. She says she feeds on applause, so here we go, Edith. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.