91 years old Arthur Gilbert is the world’s oldest triathlete

June 12th, 2012 - 11:24 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Somerset, June 12 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Arthur Gilbert who carried the Olympic Torch through Minehead, Somerset, last month, is probably the world’s oldest triathlete, having taken part in 41 events, including swimming, cycling and running contest.

Gilbert, from Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, took part in a race through his hometown last Sunday. This grandfather has also completed a 500 metre swim, followed by a 20km bike ride and a 5km run.

Gilbert’s exercises very frequently, going to the gym every week and cycling and swimming every morning. He was a veteran of the Second World War and worked at the Westland helicopter plant.

The World Records Academy awarded him with the title of the world’s oldest triathlete in December 2011, after having completed his 40th triathlon. He developed his passion for sport and exercise when he younger.

He began competing in the 1970’s when he started running and jogging when he was in his 50s. Nevertheless, he started to take up the sport seriously 20 years ago, when he entered his first triathlon at the age of 68.

He has also been awarded an MBE for his charity work over 35 years and he received a letter by Prince Charles, who wanted to congratulate him on sport achievements.

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