Hands up those who can swim 50 metres freestyle in less than a minute. If a Mr George Corones from Brisbane, Australia is reading this, presumably he will be sticking his arm high up into the air. For the 99 year old (yes 99 year old) clocked a remarkable 56.12 seconds at an event on Queensland’s Gold Coast and, subject to official verification from the International Swimming Federation (Fina), smashed the world record for the 100-104 age category by 35 seconds. For those wondering, Mr Corones is eligible to compete in the above age category, as he is due to join the 100 club in April. Speaking to the BBC after his record-breaking swim, Mr Corones said: “It was an exemplary swim for me…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,” he added. “I did that until the last 10m – I knew I was tired and done – but went on without any disturbance.” If like the editor you are thinking that Mr Corones must have been swimming all through his life, you’d be wrong. After giving up swimming in his youth, he only took the sport up again when he was a spritely 80 year old. “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,” he said. “I started swimming again for exercise.” He is clearly making up for lost time, as he looks to swim laps at his local pool at least three times a week, and when he is not in the water he can be found training in a gym. “At this age it takes a while to get going…you get exhausted much more easily, but if you do it sensibly, the rewards are astronomical,” he added. Mr Corones does not intend to sit on his laurels: he has his sights set on a new best for the 100m freestyle which currently stands at 03:23.10. Based on his 50m performance, who would bet against him chalking up a double?