Preparing to compete at London 2012 Olympics at 70

Japanese equestrian rider Hiroshi Hoketsu has qualified to compete in the dressage at the London 2012 Olympics at 70 years old, some 48 years after his first Games.

The retired executive, who first went to the Tokyo Olympics in 1964 when he was 23, qualified last week for the individual dressage competition on Japan's Olympic team for London this summer.

He became his nation's oldest Olympian whilst competing in the Beijing Games four years ago. The oldest ever competitor is Swedish shooter Oscar Swahn, who won a silver medal at the 1920 Antwerp Games at 72.