They are too young to walk and talk but tiny twins William and Ellenita Trykush can swim a length of a 25-metre pool at just nine months old.
The water babies love gliding up and down on their backs, kicking their legs to propel themselves along.
Their achievements are even more astonishing given that they were born by emergency caesarean six weeks early.
The twins’ extraordinary talent emerged during a family holiday to Cyprus in October when they began to swim underwater, unaided and without armbands.
First they did five metres, then a width at seven metres, and then a length of 12 metres,’ said French-born Mrs Trykush, a former swimming coach.
We were so excited – all the receptionists and swimming coaches came to watch and were amazed.
‘One of the coaches has been teaching for 20 years and she said she’d never seen anything like it.
‘I think it comes naturally to them, as they are too young to actually learn the strokes.’
Mr and Mrs Trykush, who are both youth workers, married in September 2008 and discovered they were expecting in July last year.
It was only at their 12 week scan that they discovered they were having not one, but two.
Mr Trykush, 49, said: ‘When I saw the two little dots on the screen it was just amazing.
‘I sank to my knees and shouted “Yes!” as if Chelsea had won the cup.
They were born by emergency Caesarean on 7 February, Ellenita first at five pounds (2.24kg) and then William at four-and-half pounds (2.07kg).
William had swallowed a large amount of blood, which had to be sucked out his stomach, and was severely jaundiced.
‘It was a very traumatic birth and William nearly died,’ said Mrs Trykush. ‘They were in incubators for three weeks but I was just so relieved they were going to be OK.
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