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Swede claims to be first person to reach South Pole in wheelchair

A Swedish man is claiming to be the first person in the world to have reached the South Pole in a wheelchair.

Aron Anderson said he accomplished the feat on Wednesday after a 21-day journey in a wheelchair on skis.

He told Swedish public radio that temperatures averaged minus 30C during his 400-mile journey.

Speaking from the South Pole, Mr Anderson said "the glide on the snow here is really hard" and that he now wanted "some real food - I'm kind of tired of this freeze-dried food".

He said the expedition had raised five million kronor (£435,000) to fight cancer among children in Sweden.

On his website, Mr Anderson said he suffered cancer in the lower back aged seven and has been in a wheelchair ever since.

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