(NEWS.YAHOO) — Lima (AFP) – A 116-year-old Peruvian living in extreme poverty in the heart of the Andes is in the running to become the oldest person in the world.

Born December 20, 1897, Filomena Taipe Mendoza is only three months younger than Japanese Misao Okawa, who is the world’s oldest person according to Guinness World Records and the US-based Gerontology Research Group.

Peru’s Ministry of Development and Social Inclusion says Taipe Mendoza’s identity card shows the date she was born.

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