Philipp Djang, a 65-year-old from Las Cruces, was among a group of 36 swimmers who broke records as the events in the pool concluded Wednesday at the National Senior Games.
He was also one of 14 who now hold multiple National Senior Games records. Djang is the record-holder in the 50-yard backstroke, 100 back and 200 back for the 65-69 age division.
Djang, who was featured in a story on NSGA.com, has been gaining plenty of attention at the National Senior Games as he was a torch runner representing New Mexico at the National Senior Games Flame Arrival Ceremony.
“The highlight of my 14 years at the games is the torch run,” Djang told NSGA.com. “Not many get picked, and I was really surprised and happy that I was able to represent New Mexico. It is like the high point of my journey and a real honor to be able to do it in my home state.”