WINNER AND GRINNER: George Corones was all smiles before his attempt at breaking the 50-metres long-course freestyle world record in the 100-104 age group at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre.
WINNER AND GRINNER: George Corones was all smiles before his attempt at breaking the 50-metres long-course freestyle world record in the 100-104 age group at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre.

Weet-Bix kid: 99-year-old swimmer smashes world records

A PROPER night's sleep, exercise and "a bit of Weet-Bix".

That's the secret to success for 99-year-old swimmer and new double world record holder George Corones.

George flew into the record books not once, but twice as he smashed the 100m record and 50m record in his age group (100 to 104) at a Masters event last week at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre.

The champion swimmer wiped out the old 50m mark by 35 seconds before backing that up a couple of days later with a sublime 2.24.21 in the 100m.

Masters athlete George Corones on his world record breaking 100 metre swim during the 2018 Australia Swimming National Trials at the Optus Aquatic Centre on March 3.
Masters athlete George Corones on his world record breaking 100 metre swim during the 2018 Australia Swimming National Trials at the Optus Aquatic Centre on March 3.

"Dad's philosophy is if you don't move you drop dead," George's eldest son Harry Corones told The Gold Coast Bulletin.

"Basically he tries to get a good uninterrupted sleep and then does quite an extensive range of stretching for all his muscles.

"When he is preparing for a race he gets a bee in his bonnet, he swims three days a week and gyms for two."

A retired GP, George will get some much-needed rest before setting his sights on another shot at a world record: the 100m breaststroke.

"He is just very keen to let other people see what you can achieve when you set your mind to it," Harry said.


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