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Equestrian: Australian Hoy, 62, oldest Olympic medallist since 1968

Equestrian: Australian Hoy, 62, oldest Olympic medallist since 1968

Australia's Andrew Hoy rides in the ring after receiving his bronze medal won in the equestrian eventing jumping individual final at Equestrian Park in Tokyo during the 2020 Summer Olympics on Aug 2, 2021. (Photo: AP/Carolyn Kaster, Pool)

TOKYO: Australian Andrew Hoy became the oldest medallist at the Olympics since 1968 when he took silver in the equestrian eventing team competition at the Tokyo Games on Monday (Aug 2).

It was the 62-year-old's fifth Olympic medal in total - three of them gold - but his first since Sydney 2000.

Hoy was not done there, following up soon after with bronze in the eventing individual competition.

"I'm actually grateful people can still say how old I am because when I started in the sport I used to be really proud of being the youngest person in the team," said Hoy, who won his first Olympic medal in 1992.

"When people meet me in the village they say: 'Hey, so what do you do? Are you an official?'

"And I say: 'Well, I'm an athlete.'"

Hoy is still not old enough to trump Switzerland's Louis Noverraz, who won silver in sailing at age 66 at the 1968 Mexico City Games.

Britain's Oliver Townend, Laura Collett and Tom McEwen took the eventing team gold, bringing the top medal back to Britain after decades of the country coming second, while Germany's Julia Krajewski won the individual gold.

Australia's team silver medal is an improvement on the bronze they won at Rio 2016. Defending champions France finished in third place this time around.

Britain's McEwen, world number five, clocked in with the silver in the individual competition.

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Source: Agencies/kg


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