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Hiroshi Hoketsu eyes Rio Games to become oldest Olympian ever

Hiroshi Hoketsu

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 02: Hiroshi Hoketsu of Japan riding Whisper competes in the Dressage Grand Prix on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Greenwich Park on August 2, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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Japanese equestrian Hiroshi Hoketsu, the oldest Olympian at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Games, hopes to become the oldest competing Olympian of all time this year.

Hoketsu, 74, seeks to make his fourth Olympic team, according to reports citing the Japanese Equestrian Federation.

The oldest Olympian is Swede Oscar Swahn, who earned 1920 Olympic shooting silver at age 72.

Hoketsu debuted at the Olympics at Tokyo 1964. Then he went 44 years between Games appearances. He finished 41st out of 50 competitors in individual dressage at London 2012, according to

Hoketsu applied to compete in Japanese trials in May and June and must also meet international qualifying scores prior to the trials, according to reports.

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