70 year old passes dressage test for London 2012 Olympics-
In keeping with the Olympic theme of the last post, Hiroshi Hoketsu, the 70 year old Japanese dressage champion has passed the admission test for the London 2012 Olympics.
Hoketsu, whose 71st birthday is coming up shortly, was the oldest competitor at the 2008 Beijing games, at the age of 67 and 4 months. After winning an international tournament in France two days ago, he has shot to the top of the dressage rankings for the Asia-Oceania area, putting younger competitors to shame.
Hoketsu has already set a small record, competing in two Olympic games with a gap of 44 years between them: Tokyo 1964 and Beijing 2008. He was a reserve for the 1984 Los Angeles games, but did not compete.
The oldest person ever to take part in the Olympics was Sweden's Oscar Swahn, who won the silver medal for shooting a moving target at Antwerp in 1920 at the age of 72. Good luck Hoketsu!