If you thought senility heralds diminishing enthusiasm about life, you should take inspiration from a man named George Corones.
That’s because the 99-year-old Australian swimmer just redefined old age by breaking a world record.
Corones clocked 56.12 seconds in the 50 m freestyle, thereby breaking the world record for his age group, at the Commonwealth Games swimming trials on the Gold Coast, reported BBC.
The previous world record of 1:31.19 was set in 2014, by British swimmer John Harrison.
Corones, who will turn 100 in April, said he was ”quite delighted” by the victory.
”It was an exemplary swim for me, well balanced…and I was ready to hit the [wall] at the end very hard with my hand,” he expressed.
Corones had been passionate about swimming since his youth. After giving it up at the beginning of World War II, he resumed swimming at the age of 80.
”I gave it up at the beginning of the war [World War Two], and I don’t think I had a swim of any description until I retired. I started swimming again for exercise,” recalled Corones.
Talking about the swimming challenge, Corones explained, ”My first dozen strokes were well balanced and the trick is to just carry it on progressively, putting a little bit of increasing effort in each stroke. I did that until the last 10m–I knew I was tired and done but went on without any disturbance.”
Corones is now gearing up for the 100 m freestyle challenge, and is aiming at breaking the existing record of 03:23.10, also set by Harrison.