4 Mar 2012

1964 Olympic rider to compete in London

9:08 am on 4 March 2012

The oldest competitor at the 2008 Beijing Olympics has won an individual dressage slot at the 2012 London Games.

The Japanese Equestrian Federation says Hiroshi Hoketsu, 71, topped the International Equestrian Federation's individual dressage rankings for Asia-Oceania, earning himself a place in London.

Hoketsu has already competed in two Olympics, 44 years apart.

He finished 40th in showjumping at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and was placed ninth in team dressage and 35th in individual dressage in 2008, which was held in Hong Kong.

Hoketsu is based in Germany and rose up the rankings after winning an event at an international dressage meeting in France on Thursday.