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Kazan 2015: 95-Year-Old Hungarian Man Breaks Senior World Record In 200m Backstroke


95-year-old Béla Bánki Horváth, the oldest participant of this year’s senior swimming world championships held in the aftermath of the 2015 FINA World Aquatics Championships in Kazan, Russia, has broken a 21-year record in 200m backstroke, crossing the finish line in 5.24:20. The Szeged resident won the Hungarian championship with an even better time in January, but his result then was not confirmed because of the lack of an appropriate timing device at the location.

After setting the new world record, Mr. Bánki Horváth said that he himself was surprised by the extraordinary performance, claiming that his good health is down to a sober lifestyle, regular sport and quality eating. Even at 95 years of age, he swims 800 metres every second day. The new world champion, who first participated at senior world championships twenty-one years ago, has since won 13 gold medals and set a world record in relay. He will take part in another four races while in Kazan.