An athlete with down’s syndrome, Chris Nikic set a world record by completing an iron man race. The race took 16 hours, 46 minutes, and nine seconds. This 21-year-old triathlete cycled 112 miles and ran a 26.2-mile marathon, making him the first competitor with Downs Syndrome to complete an Iron Man Race in the 42-year history.
“You have shattered barriers while proving without a doubt that anything is possible. We are beyond inspired, and your accomplishment is a defining moment in Ironman history that can never be taken away from you.”The official Ironman Triathlon Organization.
Nikic broke a world record as the first athlete with Down’s syndrome to complete an Iron Man race. Nikic believes that people suffering from Down’s syndrome shouldn’t be discouraged; he has proved to kids that they can become anything they want.
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Nik, Nikic’s father encourages parents of other children suffering from Down’s syndrome to support their children’s dream and he hopes they are inspired by his son’s achievement.
We want them to realize earlier that their child is a blessing, and they can live an amazing life.Nik
Although mental and physical challenges were very important to NIkic, he had other reasons to partake in the competition. His message was very clear. Nikic’s father revealed that the race was more than a celebration of victory, the ironman race served as a platform for his son to take a step closer to achieving his goal of living a normal life.
Nikic had to train for about six hours daily to get prepared for the grueling event. At a point in time, Nikic fell from his bike during the second leg of the race, but he continued with the race.
Chris Nikic hopes to partake in the 2022 Special Olympics scheduled to take place in Orlando. It seems Nikic has a lot of goals to achieve. The medal Nikic earned was gifted to his loving mom.