Mieko Nagaoka, 100, Becomes Oldest Person To Race 1500 Meters

Photo Courtesy: Japan Masters Swimming

Mieko Nagaoka shows no sign of stopping her impressive performances in the pool, and the 100-year-old wonder from Japan made history as the oldest person to complete 1500 meters in competition last weekend.

Nagaoka, who was just named as one of the World Masters Swimmers of the Year by Swimming World Magazine, swam at a short course meters meet in Matsuyama. Swimming backstroke for the entire 1500 meters, she completed the distance in 1 hour, 15 minutes, 54.39 seconds. Since no one 100 years and older has ever completed 1500 meters in a sanctioned Masters competition, Nagaoka adds to her already impressive accolades that includes eight world records in the 100-104 age group from last year.

Video: Mieko Nagaoka swims 1500 meters for Masters world record

“I feel relieved that I could complete swimming 1500 meters,” Nagaoka told the media after the swim. “But I will still continue swimming ahead.”

Nagaoka entered Masters swimming relatively late, learning how to swim at 80 years old as rehab for sore knees. She broke her first Japanese national record at 84 years old, and made history as the first centenarian to swim more than 100 meters in a sanctioned meet.

Mieko Nagaoka’s Masters world records (short course meters

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43 Comments

43 comments

  1. Rod Aoki

    Zolá Erika Japon tiene a los mejores deportistas ancianos de alto rendimiento, gracias a subuena salud 🙂

  2. Angel Eduardo

    Laura Florez todavia tenemos tiempo

  3. Han Sen

    1500 F ……. great job, respect

  4. Han Sen

    1500 F ……. great job, respect

  5. Han Sen

    1500 F ……. great job, respect

  6. Han Sen

    1500 F ……. great job, respect

  7. Han Sen

    1500 F ……. great job, respect

  8. Han Sen

    1500 F ……. great job, respect

  9. Steph Wass

    blimey, i have no excuses now on backstroke! (evil stroke!)

  10. Ben Van Dyk

    I was at the Masters Nationals at Stanford 25 years ago when 102 year old Tom Lane swam a 1650. These people are amazing.

  11. avatar

    That’s incredibly awesome! I have a new goal!!!

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    Naomi Kitahara

    Her name is NAGAOKA and the meet was held in MATSUYAMA. You have typos.

  13. Nacho Jimenez

    Marta ML David Jimenez vaya con los Japos. ..

  14. Jacqueline Gamaza

    Wow! It doesn’t matter how fast you can do it – “just do it”, as Nike says…. A bit of inspiration for me

  15. Jacqueline Gamaza

    Wow! It doesn’t matter how fast you can do it – “just do it”, as Nike says…. A bit of inspiration for me

  16. Jacqueline Gamaza

    Wow! It doesn’t matter how fast you can do it – “just do it”, as Nike says…. A bit of inspiration for me

Author: Jeff Commings

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Jeff Commings is the Senior Writer for SwimmingWorld.com and Swimming World Magazine. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism and was a nine-time NCAA All-American.

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