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Hiroshi Hoketsu oldest '12 Olympian

Updated: August 2, 2012, 11:02 AM ET
Associated Press

LONDON -- Hiroshi Hoketsu of Japan became the oldest competitor at the 2012 London Olympics on Thursday when his horse Whisper cantered into the ring at the equestrian dressage competition at Greenwich Park.

The 71-year-old Hoketsu was also the oldest competitor at the 2008 Beijing Games. An even greater feat may be that it's been 48 years since his first Olympic appearance. He competed in equestrian show jumping at the 1964 Tokyo Games.

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