A triathlete has wept tears of joy after helping his quadriplegic best mate achieve his lifelong dream of completing an Ironman race.
Hundreds of spectators cheered as Kevin Fergusson, 59, pushed Sid James, 60, in his wheelchair across the finish line of the 15th Ironman Western Australia in Busselton on Sunday night.
The South Australian mates completed a gruelling 3.8km swim, 180km ride and 42.2km run in 14 hours, 14 minutes and 39 seconds – more than two hours within the 17 hour time frame given.
There were emotional scenes at the finish line as an exhausted but delighted Fergusson hugged James and wept as he placed a medal around his mate, who never thought his dream would one day become a reality.
The pair were later given a standing ovation by fellow competitors as they entered the recovery room.
James spent four years training to become an Ironman when he was younger.