Hiromu Inada, the world’s oldest Ironman says he hopes to keep competing into his 90s, Reuters News Agency reports.
Hiromu Inada, the world’s oldest Ironman says he hopes to keep competing into his 90s.
The 87-year-old Inada already has a certificate on his wall that confirms his status as the world’s oldest Ironman, but the Japanese man is still pounding away on his training bike.
In 2018 at the age of 85 years and 328 days, Inada went to Kailua-Kona in Hawaii and set a new mark for the oldest person to complete the world championship Ironman.
It was a feat beyond most people decades younger than him.
The cancellation of this October’s Ironman because of the coronavirus pandemic has not dulled his ambition, and Inada is maintaining his gruelling training schedule for a return to Hawaii next year.
“My goal is next year’s world championship in Hawaii,” he told Reuters at his training facility in Chiba, east of Tokyo.
“I will absolutely participate in it, and I absolutely want to break the world record of completing the race at the oldest age again. This is my current and biggest goal.”
An Ironman race is widely considered one of the toughest endurance events in sports, requiring athletes to swim 3.86 km, bike 180.25 km and run a full 42.19 km marathon.