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Hiroshi Hoketsu

Hiroshi Hoketsu (Japanese:法華津 寛, born March 28, 1941 in Tokyo) is a Japanese equestrian who competed in the 1964 Summer Olympics, finishing 40th in show jumping.[1] At 67 years of age, he was the oldest athlete in the 2008 Summer Olympics and the oldest to ever compete for Japan in any Olympic Games.[2] Hoketsu also qualified for the 1988 Summer Olympics, but was unable to compete when his horse was quarantined.

At the 2008 Summer Olympics on Aug 13 2008 he finished 10th in the Dressage Team Grand Prix and 35th in the Dressage Individual Grand Prix.


  1. "Hiroshi Hoketsu Bio." NBCOlympics.com, http://www.nbcolympics.com/athletes/athlete=1013/bio/ Access Date August 9, 2008.
  2. Himmer, Alastair. "Japan's 66-year-old horseman bemused by all the fuss." Reuters, February 13, 2008. http://in.reuters.com/article/lifestyleMolt/idINT28000320080213

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