Kicker – Record-setting Ironman

NICK EICHER, HOST: Chris Nikic completed an Ironman triathlon earlier this month, setting a Guinness World Record.

AUDIO: Chris Nikic, you are an Ironman! [Cheering]

Ironman races are brutal: a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile-marathon! The 21-year-old finished the race in 16 hours, 46 minutes, and 9 seconds.

Now anyone who follows extreme racing like this will know that his time wasn’t what earned him the world record. In fact, he finished just 14 minutes shy of the 17-hour cutoff time to complete the race.

But, when he crossed that finish line, Chris Nikic became the first person with Down syndrome to complete an Ironman triathlon.

Nikic celebrated with his family and a growing number of fans. His feat earned him 33,000 new followers on social media! But Nikic isn’t satisfied. After announcing his accomplishment on social media, Nikic posted: “Time to set a new and Bigger Goal for 2021.”

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(Photo/CNN) Chris Nikic and his guide Dan Grieb, right, competes in the run course of Ironman Florida.

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