Sports: Hiroshi Hoketsu dreams of Tokyo after Rio blow

(From The News)

Japan’s Hiroshi Hoketsu will miss out on a chance to become the oldest ever Olympian at Rio due to his horse’s ill health but the 75-year-old remains hopeful of establishing the record at Tokyo 2020, some 56 years after his first Games.

Hoketsu’s 2012 appearance made him the third oldest Olympian, with Swedish shooter Oscar Swahn currently the oldest when he competed at the 1920 Antwerp Games aged 72.

Hoketsu’s 2012 appearance made him the third oldest Olympian, with Swedish shooter Oscar Swahn currently the oldest when he competed at the 1920 Antwerp Games aged 72.

Hoketsu, who made his Olympic debut in show jumping at the 1964 Tokyo Games before turning to dressage and riding in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Games, said a spot in Tokyo would see his career come full circle.

“If I can do it and be in Tokyo, that would be marvellous,” Hoketsu told Reuters in an interview, days after he conceded defeat in his bid to reach Rio.

“Four years from now I will be 79 and I have to see if it will still be physically possible.”

Hoketsu’s 2012 appearance made him the third oldest Olympian, with Swedish shooter Oscar Swahn currently the oldest when he competed at the 1920 Antwerp Games aged 72. Read More



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