Mar 4, 2012 12:20 PM by Matt Stafford

70-year-old qualifies for London Olympics

TOKYO (AP) - Seventy-year-old Japanese equestrian Hiroshi Hoketsu has qualified for the London Olympics.

Hoketsu qualified by winning an international dressage meet in France on Thursday. Japanese equestrian officials said Sunday an announcement will be made soon on whether he will actually compete in London. Hoketsu will turn 71 on March 28.

The oldest Olympian in history was Swedish shooter Oscar Swahn, who won a silver medal at the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium, at 72. It was his sixth medal in three games.

Hoketsu is based in Germany and became Japan's oldest Olympian when he competed at the 2008 Beijing Olympics at 67.

NBC will be broadcasting the 2012 Olympics from London.



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