Hiroshi Hoketsu, Probably The oldest Participants in Summer London Olympics

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hoketsu Hiroshi Hoketsu, Probably The oldest Participants in Summer London Olympics

Who says that old man can’t compete in Olympics? Well not for Mr. Hiroshi Hoketsu who has secured a place in London at the age of 71, 44 years after his first Games.

He was the oldest Japanese dressage rider competitor during the 2008 Beijing Olympics and will most likely take the title again this London Olympics in summer.

Hoketsu, who is referred to as the ‘hope of old men’ in his homeland, secured his spot at the Games when he topped the individual rankings for Asia-Oceania on-board 15-year-old mare Whisper.

Hoketsu will ride Whisper in London, just as he did in Beijing four years ago. Then, he finished ninth in team dressage and 35th in individual dressage.

At 67 years and four months, he was the oldest athlete in any event and the oldest to appear for Japan in any Olympics. In 1964, Hoketsu came 40th in showjumping at the Tokyo Olympics.

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