Jaring Timmerman, age 104, sets 2 world swimming records


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A 104-year-old Winnipeg man swam his way into the record books, finishing two races and becoming the world’s oldest masters swimmer. Pan Am Pool was packed with family members, friends and swimming fans who cheered on Jaring Timmerman as he completed the 50-metre backstroke and 50-metre freestyle races at a masters swimming meet Friday night. Simply by finishing, Timmerman — who turns 105 in February — has established two world records and created a new competition category for swimmers aged 105 to 109. Until now, the oldest age group recognized in masters swimming has been 100 to 104 years old. “I’ll be the only one that will have a world record at 105 because no one else has it at this time,” he said in an interview before the meet.

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