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Chris Nikic Becomes the First Person With Down Syndrome to Complete the Ironman World Championship | "He Doesn’t Quit"
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Chris Nikic Becomes the First Person With Down Syndrome to Complete the Ironman World Championship | "He Doesn’t Quit"

He completed the championship in 16 hours 31 minutes and 27 seconds, braving against all odds.

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Around two years ago, Chris Nikic became the first person with Down syndrome to complete the Ironman Triathlon, held in Florida. Now, he becomes the first person with Down Syndrome to complete the Ironman World Championship, in 16 hours 31 minutes and 27 seconds. While the athlete's father, Nik Nikic watched his son go around 10 miles per hour on his bicycle, he was scared Chris wouldn’t be able to finish but he soon increased his speed to 17 miles per hour and promptly reached the milestone.

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“I actually had to ride against the wind,” Chris of Maitland, Florida, told TODAY. “The wind just attacked me at 30 miles per hour.” His father had accounted for the wind to be a challenge so the duo arrived in Kona, Hawaii - where the world championship was held - a few weeks earlier to train for the challenge.