APRIL 2015 - A 100-year-old Japanese woman has become the world’s first centenarian to complete a 1,500-metre freestyle
swim, 20 years after she took up the sport.
Mieko Nagaoka took just under an hour and 16 minutes to finish the race as the sole competitor in the 100 to 104-year-old category at a short course pool in Ehime, western Japan, on Saturday.
“I want to swim until I turn 105 if I can live that long,” the sprightly Nagaoka
is quoted as saying to Kyodo News. Her achievement is expected to be recognized
by Guinness World Records, the agency reported.
Nagaoka, who published a book last year entitled ‘I’m 100 years old and the world’s best active swimmer’, is no stranger to the 1,500m race, having completed the distance at the age of 99 in an Olympic-sized pool.
Nagaoka only took up swimming when she hit 80, one of the growing number of elderly Japanese who are enjoying longer and healthier lives as the country ages.
There were nearly 59,000 centenarians in Japan in September last year, government figures show – which means 46 out of every 100,000 people is 100 or over.
Among them are several who remain physically active long after many people have given up the ghost.
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