The Ironman 70.3 World Championship’s oldest competitor Garth Barfoot holds his medal high after finishing the 113km race in just under the allotted time limit.

3000 professional and amateur competitors from all over the world came to Queensland’s very own Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, to compete in the 2016 IronMan 70.3 World Championship yesterday.

Among the thousands of competitors was the inspirational man pictured above.

At 80 years old, New Zealand’s Garth Barfoot was recognised as the oldest competitor in the race and despite having a full hip reconstruction and multiple surgeries following a few major bicycle accidents in 2014, he went back to the starting line to do what he loves.

Wearing Bib #180, Barfoot pushed his matured body to the limit – swimming 1.9km, cycling 90km and running 21.1km in under 8 hours and 30 minutes.

With salt water and sweat on his glasses, Barfoot said that was the fourth time he had beaten the clock in all of the 14 full Ironman races he had competed in since the beginning of his triathlon career.

Starting triathlons later in life gave him a lot of strength and determination which has now been running on a strong high for over the past three decades.

“I have been training for 32 years,” Barfoot said.

He had been to Australia many times before to train, compete and holiday and was glad to be back and ready to rest.

“I have been to Australia many times,” he said.

“It’s a beautiful place.”

Barfoot is an inspiration to many – young and old.

He is scheduled to continue competing, however he plans to settle down and give up racing in full triathlons, but still manage to stay in line.

Featured image: Lacee-Ann Froeschl, Lacee’s World in a Snapshot Facebook page.

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