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March 3, 2018 ( Post 1 )

A 99-year-old swimmer has smashed a world record for 50m freestyle. George Corones, who turns 100 next month, shaved 35 seconds off the fastest time for his age group at the Commonwealth Games trials.

The veteran set a time of 56.12 seconds in the men’s masters for 100 to 104-year-olds, for which he is eligible as his birthday is in April.

His performance demolished the previous record of 1m 31.19 seconds, set in 2014 by Briton John Harrison.

Mr Corones swam as a youngster until the outbreak of the Second World War . He took it up again aged 80.

The Australian, who did the swim at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre in Queensland said: “It just came naturally at 80 and I’ve been doing it for 20 years now. If you don’t use it, it just goes away.”

He will attempt to beat the 100m freestyle record tomorrow.

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