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World's oldest triathlete is 91 years old

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The world's oldest triathlete has just completed another race.

Arthur Gilbert, 91, finished his third 'last one' on Sunday (June 10).

Mr. Arthur Gilbert from Burnham-On Sea is made an MBE by the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace

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Arthur awarded an MBE for his contributions to charity.

Gilbert said: "The secret is staying stress-free, being happy, doing charity work and being positive. I don't drink or smoke and I have regular check-ups."

His most recent race saw him swim 500 metres, cycle 20k then run 5k. He finished in last place but embraced this by saying "when you're 91 I think you're allowed to".

The athlete, whose diet consists of a lot of fruit and nuts, started competing in triathlon races at the age of 68. He has always been encouraged and supported by his family.

Gilbert goes to the gym three times a week, swims 50 lengths every day and cycles 25 miles each Sunday.

He has been crowned British duathlon champion seven times for his age group and also carried the Olympic torch in May this year.

The widower from Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset has also exceeded in other aspects of his life. He has been awarded an MBE for his contributions to charity.

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