Japanese woman, 100, swims 1500m record

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Mieko Nagaoka, a 100-year-old Japanese woman, became the first centenarian to complete a 1500m swim in a 25-meter pool, according to weekend reports.

Nagaoka completed 30 lengths of the pool in 1 hour, 15 minutes, 54 seconds, in a masters event in Matsuyama, Japan, on Saturday (this appears to be video with Nagaoka choosing to swim backstroke). American Katie Ledecky‘s overall 1500m freestyle world record in a 50-meter pool is more than an hour quicker, 15:28.36.

“I feel relieved that I could complete swimming 1500m,” Nagaoka said though her son, according to CNN. “But I will still continue swimming ahead.”

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Nagaoka is no stranger to the age-group record book, having set many freestyle and backstroke marks since she learned how to swim on her own at age 82, according to her FINA profile.

She has a book titled, “I’m 100 years old and the world’s best active swimmer,” and her Saturday feat is expected to be recognized by Guinness World Records, according to reports.

“I want to swim until I turn 105 if I can live that long,” Nagaoka said, according to Kyodo News.

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