(Meredith/CNN) – A 99-year-old Australian man has broken the world record in the fifty-meter freestyle in his age group (100-104) by completing the challenge in 56.12 seconds.
George Corones learned to swim as a kid but decided to start focusing on the sport seriously when he turned 80.
“When you’re in the water, here, in (an) anti-gravity environment, it’s beautiful,” he told Seven Network. “I don’t mind jumping in a pool. I love it. When I’m racing, I don’t know, nothing exists above the water. My eye is on that black line.”
Corones was the only competitor in his age group but still broke the record on Wednesday at the Commonwealth Games Swimming trials.
Before Corones broke it, the previous record was set in 2014 by an English swimmer.
“(Swimming) has kept me alive,” he told Seven Network. “And it’s kept me sane.”
And despite breaking a record, he’s not taking time off, telling the news outlet that he’d be in the water the next day, setting his sights on his next challenge: 100 meters.