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Australian rider the oldest medalist in the Olympic Games

Australian rider the oldest medalist in the Olympic Games

Australian jockey Andrew Hoy, second in overall team competition at the Tokyo Olympics, became the oldest Olympic medalist since 1968 at the age of 62.

This is the fifth Olympic medal that Hoy has won (three of them gold), but the first since the 2000 Sydney Games.

A little later this Monday, Hoy won the bronze medal in the individual competition, on his horse Vassily de Lassos.

“When I started in this sport I was proud to be the youngest of the team,” joked Hoy, who won his first Olympic medal in Barcelona in 1992.

“In the (Olympic) Village, people ask me what I’m doing there, if I’m an official, and I tell them no, I’m an athlete,” he adds.

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However, Hoy has not beaten the record of the Swiss Louis Noverraz, 66-year-old silver medalist in the Mexican Games in 1968. AP (HN)

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