Mieko Nagaoka became the first person 100 years or older to swim 1,500 meters in a race in 2015. Now the athlete is 103, and is not giving up but training very hard for her races. Even though she might need a hand to get in the water, but Nagaoka from Japan, trains four times a week.
“I’m fit as a fiddle,” Nagaoka told AFP in a 2016 interview after completing the 400 metres freestyle in 26 minutes, 16.81 seconds at a Japan Masters Swimming Association competition in Chiba, on the outskirts of Tokyo. “The secret is to eat well and stay active. It’s no good sitting around at my age. I want to keep swimming until I’m 105 – and beyond that,” added the Yamaguchi native, who has lived through 22 Olympics to date.
Here, take a look down below and see how she’s all business in the water.
The athlete from Japan was born in 1914, only some days following the start of World War I. She can’t hear very well but for sure is doing so much more than many who are half her age.
Hiroki Nagaoka, her 76-year-old son, said, “She is some woman…She still uses her brain and tries to figure out the best way to swim, she still even tries to change her swimming form to challenge for a record. I’m really proud of her.”