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Japanese equestrian rider and Oldest Olympian

  • Hiroshi Hoketsu is an Japanese equestrian rider.
  • He was born on March 28, 1941 in Tokyo.
  • He first appeared in 1964 Summer Olympics and finished 40th in show jumping.
  • He qualified for the 1988 Summer Olympics, but was unable to compete when his horse was quarantined.
  • He was the oldest athlete in the 2008 Summer Olympics.
  • He is the oldest Olympian to ever compete for Japan, and is the second oldest Olympian to compete ever.
  • He is appearing in 2012 Summer Olympics in individual dressage.
  • He is nicknamed the 'hope for old men'.

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