Olympic Torchbearer Completes 41st Triathlon At Age 91

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  • Published Jun 12, 2012

On Sunday, Arthur Gilbert took over two hours and 47 minutes to complete the 500-meter swim, 20K bike ride and 5K run that comprise the Burnham Sprint Triathlon in Somerset, England; he came in last. But that was still quite a feat when you take into account his age: He’s 91.

In fact, the World Records Academy has certified Gilbert as the world’s oldest triathlete (Guinness has no current record in that category). And that’s only one of the retired helicopter engineer’s accomplishments: He’s also been British champion in the duathlon (like triathlon, only without the swimming) seven times; was named a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for his decades of charity work, and has been chosen as an Olympic torchbearer in this summer’s games.

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