‘Keep swimming’

Record-setting swimmer, 103, encourages people to ‘stay active’

Mieko Nagaoka (TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images)

Japanese swimmer Mieko Nagaoka, who in 2015 became the first person over 100 to ever swim 1,500 meters in a race, is still reportedly training four days a week, for two hours at a time. After she began swimming at age 82 as a form of physical therapy for a knee problem, Nagaoka said she fell in love with the sport — and that she doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon.

“I’m fit as a fiddle,” Nagaoka said to AFP in 2016, shortly after finishing a 400-meter freestyle event at a competition outside 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.”

“She is some woman,” said her 76-year-old son, Hiroki Nagaoka, after Mieko’s record-setting 2015 performance. “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.”

Watch video of Nagaoka training below.

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