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​Australian 99-year-old smashes age world record in pool

Saturday, March 03, 2018, 15:54 GMT+7
​Australian 99-year-old smashes age world record in pool
George Corones swims during the men's masters category at the Gold Coast Aquatic Center pool in Australia, March 2, 2018. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Australia's George Corones, who celebrates his 100th birthday next month, has broken what is claimed to be the 50-metres long-course freestyle world record for his age group.

The 99-year-old was the only competitor in the 100 to 104 years men's masters category on Friday and set a time of 56.12 seconds for a single length of the Gold Coast Aquatic Center pool, which will host the swimming competition at the Commonwealth Games next month.

The race was organized specifically to allow Corones a chance to break the 100-104 age group record of 1:31.19 set in 2014 by Briton John Harrison.

"It's the only time when you're not fighting against gravity," he said.

"When you're in the water you're in an anti-gravity environment and it's beautiful."

The former doctor credits his longevity to swimming, which he took up again at the age of 80.

AFP

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