Oldest Professional Athletes 2 - Hiroshi Hoketsu

 

Doesn't time fly.

 

They say it goes more quickly as you get older (NB make sure you get the most out of everyday, then!). It only seems like a few days since the Olympics were taking place in London but it was in fact six months ago that the opening ceremony happened. And a few months before that was the last an article appeared in our series "Oldest professional athletes". Time for another....

 

Doesn't time fly.

 

They say it goes more quickly as you get older (NB make sure you get the most out of everyday, then!). It only seems like a few days since the Olympics were taking place in London but it was in fact six months ago that the opening ceremony happened. And a few months before that was the last an article appeared in our series "Oldest professional athletes".

 

Time for another, and appropriately to the six month anniversary, it involves an olympic athlete.


 

Hiroshi Hoketsu - 71-y-o competing for Japan in the equestrian events was the oldest athlete competing at the London Olympics 2012. In fact there were several competitors older than 50, for instance Team GB's Nick Skelton was 54 at the time.


Hiroshi Hoketsu was already the oldest Japanese Olympian, competing at the age of 67 in the Beijing Olympics in 2008. But he is not the oldest ever Olympian. That award goes to two competitors - Sweden's Oscar Swahn, who won a Silver medal for shooting in 1920 in Antwerp and Arthur von Pongracz, who competed in Dressage in the 1936 Berling Olympics - both were 72 at the time they competed.