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Alberta athlete, 101, claims silver medal in javelin at seniors games

By: The Canadian Press

 | Aug 28, 2014 - 5:17 PM |
101-year-old Florence Storch throws a javelin during the 2014 Canada 55 plus games in Sherwood Park, Alberta on Thursday August 28, 2014. Storch won a silver medal in her 85 plus category, with a throw of 3.18 meters. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

101-year-old Florence Storch throws a javelin during the 2014 Canada 55 plus games in Sherwood Park, Alberta on Thursday August 28, 2014. Storch won a silver medal in her 85 plus category, with a throw of 3.18 meters. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

SHERWOOD PARK, Alta. - A 101-year-old Alberta woman is adding another track and field medal to her collection.

Florence Storch of Hanna has won a silver medal in javelin at the Canada 55-Plus Games in Strathcona County, east of Edmonton

Storch is the oldest competitor at this year's games and threw the long spear just over three metres.

She was bested by the only other female athlete in the over-85 category, 87-year-old Doreen Erskine of Moose Jaw, Sask., who threw slightly more than eight metres.

Storch took up the sport about a decade ago and, when the weather's good, practices outside of the seniors lodge where she lives.

She says she plans to keep throwing the javelin for as long as she can.

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