104-year-old Jaring Timmerman sets two world records and becomes oldest Masters swimmer in history

  11 Jared Anderson | January 27th, 2014 | Canada, International, Lifestyle, Masters, News

Some persevering swimmers have to wait until they’re nearly 30 years old to finally feel the thrill of breaking a world record. Jaring Timmerman of Winnipeg waited until he was 100.

The World record-holder in four events in the Masters 100-104 age group added two more world records this week, these in the unprecedented 105-109 age bracket, a category no swimmer in Canadian history has competed in.

Timmerman, who turns 105 in a month, which qualifies him to compete for records in the 105-109 age group, went what his son said was a lifetime-best 3:09.55 in the 50-meter back at the Katherine Kerr Pentathlon over the weekend, following that up with a 2:52.48 in the 50 meter free. Both will stand as world records for the age group.

Starting a sport at age 79 could be considered a pretty late start. But Timmerman has now ground out a longer swimming career than even most collegiate swimmers. Now with two more world records under his belt, it’s safe to say Timmerman has made the most of his late arrival on the swimming scene.


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warren montgomery

people make jokes bout age some young people r a new brand of laziness

WOW!!! Good for him. He is an inspiration for people all over the world

Graham Short

Purely inspiring. Makes me proud to me a fellow masters swimmer.


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Jared Anderson just can’t stay away from the pool. A competitive career sixteen years and running wasn’t enough for this native Minnesotan, who continues to get his daily chlorine fix. A lifelong lover of writing, Jared now combines the two passions as Senior Reporter for SwimSwam.com, covering swimming at every …

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