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78-year-old, feet from finish line, knocked to ground by blasts

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BOSTON (WFSB/AP) -

One of the most shocking images from the bombing at the Boston Marathon shows a 78-year-old runner being knocked to the ground.

On Monday night, Bill Iffrig appeared on CNN to talk about what he experienced the moment the bomb exploded.

"I got down to within about 15 feet of the finishing apron and there was a tremendous explosion," he said. "It sounded like a bomb went off right next to me, and the shock wave just hit my whole body. My legs just started jittering around. I knew I was going down. I ended up on the blacktop."

Iffrig said a finisher assistant came to help him over the finish line.

Fortunately Iffrig was not hurt and was able to make it back to his hotel where he was reunited with his wife.

Iffrig's son, Mark, of Seattle, told the Associated Press that he was tracking his dad's progress online and didn't know what happened at the race until he went online to post on Facebook that his dad finished the race.

He then turned on the TV and realized what took place.

"It's horrible. He said it was quite a concussive blast. He was a little dazed. Someone helped him up," said Mark Iffrig , adding he recognized his father from a widely distributed Boston Globe photo showing him on the ground, surrounded by police officers and race officials. "He was only about 10 feet from the finish line."

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