Anyone having seen the video of the initial bomb blast in Boston Monday no doubt saw the elderly man crumbled to the ground after the shockwave. His name is Bill Iffrig and we’re happy to note he’s OK.
Bill Iffrig, who was competing in his third Boston Marathon, was yards from the finish line when the explosion was detonated. Video and pictures from the scene show Mr Iffrig, in bright orange vest, having his legs swept out from under him by the blast.
But, with the help of a race official who lifted him to his feet, he got up and kept going, determined to reach his goal.
“I got down to within 15 feet of the finish apron and just tremendous explosion,” he told CNN.
But, he said after running 26 miles he wasn’t going to give up.
Mr Iffrig, who sustained a scrape on his knee, described his proximity to the blast as “scary”.
His son, Mark, said Mr Iffrig was a bit dazed by the explosion.
Iffrig hails from Lake Stevens, Washington.
“He said it was quite a concussive blast.”