The world's fastest woman -- of 90 years or more, at least -- sits on a plastic chair, beside her small newsstand, selling newspapers and magazines.
A traditional rebozo shawl is wrapped around Rosario Iglesias's shoulders and gray hair. She wears a T-shirt, an inexpensive, blue-checkered dress and faded canvas sneakers. The only hint of a sports achievement is a sponsor's jacket that announces a Web site in her name.
If there's not much glamour to the life of a masters track and field champion, there is the occasional honor. Today, the 93-year-old news vendor will carry the Olympic torch before tens of thousands of people on the featured leg of its passage through Mexico en route to Athens.
"I'm very proud that they included me," said the woman known as "Chayito," a nickname often applied to Mexican women named Rosario.
For most of her life, Iglesias rose well before dawn, collected newspapers from distributors and ran through the streets delivering them to subscribers, covering six to seven miles a day, according to her grandson, Conrado Peralta.
Born in Mexico City on Aug. 31, 1910, she was 80 years old before taking up sports. A customer who was also a runner noticed her rushing about and suggested she enter a race.
She did, she won and she started training, aided by her grandson, who had learned about physical conditioning while on a professional soccer team's backup squad as a youth.
"I had to go running around with the newspapers" so training for a race "wasn't a lot of work," she said.
She kept entering, and kept winning. And she kept delivering newspapers at least part time until about two years ago, when she was 91.
After winning a series of local and national championships at 200, 400, 800 and 1,500 meters, Iglesias began competing abroad. According to World Masters Athletics, the IAAF-recognized sanctioning body for senior athletes, Iglesias holds world records in both the 85- and 90-and-over class at 400 and 800 meters and has the 90-and-over record at 100 meters (38.02 seconds) and 200 meters (82.29).
Two Make Triathlon Team
Susan Williams and Victor Plata claimed the final women's and men's spots on the U.S. Olympic triathlon team Sunday in Bellingham, Wash.
American Hunter Kemper and Great Britain's Liz Blatchford won their races in an international triathlon at Bloedel Donovan Park, but Williams and Plata were the biggest winners.
Williams, 34, was third in the women's elite race, less than a minute behind Blatchford's time of 2 hours 6 minutes 46 seconds.
Plata, 31, was seventh in the men's elite race, beating out three other Americans who were also vying for the last berth.