Breaking national records is nothing new for 9-year old Octavia Gee, but this time it appears she has her first WORLD age division record. Competing in the Texas vs. The World All-Comers meet in San Marcos, TX, Octavia has established a new mark in the 4-kg shot put for 9-year olds with a throw of 7.28 meters (23′ 10-1/2″). There was no pre-existing world record for 9-year olds using a shot of this much weight (in US competitions, this age division typically uses the 6-lb shot), but the European record for 10-year old girls is only 7.05 meters, so her performance has been deemed the de facto world record for 9-year old girls which should soon be published at this site.
UPDATE: Here’s an excellent write-up on the story from the Sugar Land Sun.
UPDATE 2: Texas District 22 Representative Pete Olson congratulates Octavia in a statement presented to the House of Representatives on Wednesday, October 7.
UPDATE 3: Photos of Octavia with the documents presented to her by Representative Olson.