George Graham

Could This Story be True?



I am as credulous as anyone else. If I see it in print I tend to believe it’s true. But I find this one hard to swallow:

76-year-old great-grandmother running against Father Time on the track

The story – emailed to me by my friend Margaret Marshall –  is about a Jamaican woman who lives in America and who is setting records in track events.

She celebrated her 77th birthday a couple of weeks ago.

Here’s what the news story says:

Rose Green is a champion sprinter. She has won medals in the 200 meters, the 400 meters, and is the American record holder in the 60-meter sprint.

She is also a great-grandmother.

Green will turn 77 on May 24 and only took up sprinting last year. But she is already one of the best in the world in her age group.

I remember being 77 and I was definitely not contemplating a career in track and field at the time.

I used to be a sprinter. Competed at a hundred yards and at 220 yards. Won the long jump in high school. But that was in high school.

At 77, I was panting after 18 holes of golf. In a golf cart.

But that’s not what leaves me scratching my head the hardest. The part that I find  even harder to believe is about her relationship with her coach.

According to the news story:

Green and Austin have been dating for four years.

Dating? Does that mean what I think it means?

Apparently it does. And more. Ms. Green is quoted as saying:

He’s a very strict coach even though we are lovers.

You mean this lady has enough energy left to fool around after setting records in the sprints? Hard to believe. But she’s a Jamaican woman after all, and Jamaican women never cease to amaze me.

Top photo shows Ms. Green with her medals. Bottom photo with her coach/lover.

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About the author


I am a Jamaican-born writer who has lived and worked in Canada and the United States. I live in Lakeland, Florida with my wife, Sandra, our three cats and two dogs. I like to play golf and enjoy our garden, even though it's a lot of work. Since retiring from newspaper reporting I've written a few books. I also write a monthly column for