Raffi completes last iron man

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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.”