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Brett Hayden have been showing the swimming world that age is no barrier to setting new standards in swimming excellence at the International Swimming League (ISL) Season 2020.
The 37-year-old Canadian, an Olympian and former UBC Thunderbirds star is competing for the Toronto Titans, often against swimmers who were young children when he made his international debut.
Despite the age gap, the veteran is taking his international career into a third decade in winning style at the ISL, being held over five weeks at the Duna Arena in Budapest.
For Hayden, ISL Season 2020 marks his return to competitive swimming following seven years away from the pool after being troubled by back problems.
The Vancouver native, who celebrated a birthday in Budapest, retired from swimming following the London 2012 Olympic Games where he won bronze in the 100m freestyle.
However, while on holiday in 2019 he found himself training more and more seriously in the resort pool and in September of that year he returned to the high-performance unit in Vancouver.
Hayden’s initial goal had been to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, but its postponement to 2021 means he was able to focus on the ISL season instead.