Chris Nikic, a Down syndrome athlete, became the first to finish the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii when he crossed that finish line at Kailua Kona, Hawaii.
The Ironman consists of three events: A 2.4-mile swim and a 112-mile bike ride. There is also a 26.2-mile run.
Nikic completed the swim in 16 hours 31 minutes and 27 secs. According to Outside, Nikic finished the swim in just 42 minutes, the bike ride took eight hours, and five, and the run took six hours and 29 mins. He was 2,265th of the 2,314 competitors that day.
Nikic celebrated his 23rd Birthday after crossing the finish line together with his volunteer guide. This feat was accomplished during Down syndrome awareness month.
Nikic’s determination has earned him admirers. He was the first person with Down syndrome who completed an Ironman triathlon in Florida after completing the Florida Ironman in November 2020.
Nikic explains his motivation for participating in these grueling events in a video.
“I have never seen anyone like me in mainstream sport. Nikic stated that we are now changing this. “Running has changed my life. Now I want others to see that it is possible for them too.”