Hiromu Inada, aged 87, has won a Guinness World Record for being the oldest person to complete the Ironman World Championship. Hiromu was 85-years and 328 days old when he ran the 2018 Ironman in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on 13 October 2018.
The Ironman course consists of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and a 26.2 run. Hiromu, originally from Japan, completed the race in 16 hours, 53 minutes and 49 seconds.
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Speaking to Japan Times after the race, Hiromu said, ‘It’s an extremely tough race for an old man like me. But there’s a part of me that wants to challenge myself and see how long I can keep competing. And if there are people rooting for me, then I think it’s my obligation to meet their expectations.’
Hiromu, who is a retired TV reporter, has taken part in his age group race at the annual World Championships for the past eight years. He has completed the race three times, setting a record for the oldest finisher in 2016, before rewriting it in 2018.
In a further statement to the Japan Triathlon Union last week, Hiromu said, ‘I think I was only able to finish the race because of the support from all over the world. I don’t think about the limit of “how old”.’ His coach, Kiyomi Niwata, said ‘I hope [he] will continue to play an active role in the next category (90 years and over).’
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