Raffi Aghanian has once again showed he is a true iron man.
The 57-year-old signed off from the gruelling event when he completed his 11th iron man in Kalmar, Sweden.
Despite only having six months of preparation, Raffi managed to complete the 2.4-mile swim, the 112-mile cycle and then the marathon run in a time of 15 hours and 55 minutes.
This earned him 47th place in his age-group.
“It just proves that you can achieve things if you put your mind to it,” he said.
“Because of illness I had six months without training, I only started at the beginning of April.
“That seems plenty of time, but it takes a lot out of you, especially at my age.
“I had to put myself beyond the limits just to make sure I finished the iron man.
“There are cut-off times and if you don’t make them then they will stop you without question.
“If that happens all the training and money has just been wasted.
“Originally I was hoping to make my personal best by going under 15 hours, but after the illnesses I just decided that I wanted to finish it.
“It was great at the finish because everyone was cheering my name and my family were there, which was amazing.”
Raffi has now all-but confirmed retirement, though he will miss the endurance event.
He added: “It is probably my last one - I will miss it.
“I need a knee replacement and there is the cost of entering these events.
“Who knows though, I might give it another go.”