91 year-old Arthur Gilbert completes 41st Triathlon after running with Olympic Torch
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91 Year-old grandfather and Olympic torch carrier Arthur Gilbert finished his 41st Triathlon this weekend to become the world’s oldest triathlete.
Gilbert successfully completed the Burnham Spring Triathlon in Somerset this weekend, and in doing so becomes the most prolific nonagenarian athlete on the planet. The event pitted competitors of all ages against one another in a 500 metre swim, 20 kilometre bike ride and 5 kilometre run, with Olympic flame-bearer Gilbert clocking in at a spritely 2 hours, 47 minutes and 22 seconds.
Despite finishing in last place, he remained in good humour, telling the Mirror ‘When you’re 91 I think you’re allowed to’. The seasoned competitor cited a healthy diet and lifestyle as the main reasons for his continued success, though he revealed the real secret to be ‘staying stress-free, being happy, doing charity work and being positive’.
In 2008 the 7-time British Duathlon champion was awarded an MBE by Prince Charles for his tireless efforts raising money for charity through competing, having raised money for the British Heart Foundation and the Musgrove Hospital amongst other organisations. This lead to Gilbert being asked to carry the Olympic Torch as part of its relay around the country, taking the flame through Minehead only hours after it supposedly went out.