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British man becomes world's oldest triathlete

June 13, 2012

A triathlon is a true test of physical fitness for athletes of every age, but the accomplishment is even more remarkable for England native Arthur Gilbert. At 91, Gilbert recently completed his 41st triathlon, making him the oldest triathlete in the world, according to the Daily Mirror.

The event certainly was not easy. Gilbert had to complete a 500-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike ride and a 5-kilometer run. He finished in a little under three hours, and although he came in last, he remains a testament to healthy aging as he's accomplished something people even a third of his age cannot. He may not be done just yet, either.

"I keep saying I'm going to give up soon but I always end up going back to do more," he told the newspaper. "This triathlon was my third 'last one.' I just can't give up."

Gilbert's commitment to living a healthy lifestyle for seniors is remarkable. Along with regular exercise, he eats a healthy diet full of fruit. His efforts have not gone unnoticed as he recently carried the Olympic torch on its way to its final destination in London, according to