Chris Nikic Becomes First Person with Down Syndrome to Complete an Ironman

(Outkick) – Chris Nikic raised his arms with about 50 yards remaining in his 140.6 mile journey to complete Ironman Florida, becoming the first person with Down Syndrome to complete an Ironman.

The 21-year-old completed the course in 16 hours, 46 minutes, and took his place in the record books.

This Ironman had trouble walking up until he was four years old and had open-heart surgery at five months old, yet there he was late Saturday doing the unthinkable. Nikic swam 2.4 miles, biked 112 miles and ran 26.2 miles.

“The opportunities you have created for others around the world through this journey you embarked upon, is immeasurable.

Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your remarkable life story and we can’t wait to see what you achieve next,” the official Ironman Facebook page wrote about Nikic’s accomplishment. CONTINUE