Twenty-year-old American Chris Nikic is the first person in the world with Down syndrome to complete the Ironman Triathlon. He crossed the finish line at Panama City Beach in Florida on Sunday morning (local time), the organization reports Twitter.
The Ironman Triathlon is a sporting event consisting of 3.86 kilometers of swimming, 180.2 kilometers of cycling and the marathon distance of 42.195 kilometers of running. Nikic is the first person with Down syndrome to cross the finish line.
On the Instagram-page Nikic says that he fell once en route and that he opened his knee, but that did not stop him from continuing. “He says he will get more hugs soon,” the photo caption read.
The last kilometers could be followed live on Ironman’s Facebook page. On Twitter the organization congratulated Nikic: “You have passed all barriers and proved without a doubt that anything is possible”, the organization said. “We are more than inspired, and your achievement is a defining moment in Ironman’s history that no one can take away from you,” the organization continued.
Nikic’s idea of running an Ironman Triathlon is part of his 1% Better Challenge, where he tries to improve his performance by 1 percent every day. He wants to inspire others with this challenge, because according to him everything is possible in this way.