Tulsa dentist learned to swim for Ironman

  • 55-year-old Raj Patel overcame his fear of water to compete in Sunday’s Ironman North America Championship.
  • Patel, a Tulsa dentist, grew up in the landlocked country of Zambia. He did not learn how to swim until two years ago. Even jumping into three feet of water was a challenge when he hired a swim coach.
  • He famously conquered 2017′s World Marathon Challenge, running seven marathons in seven days on seven continents. In 2019, he set his sights on the Ironman.
  • This story is set to air on FOX23 News at 9 on Saturday.