70-year-old rider qualifies for London Olympics


TOKYO (AP) -- Seventy-year-old Japanese equestrian Hiroshi Hoketsu has qualified for the London Olympics.

Hoketsu qualified by winning an international dressage meet in France on Thursday. Japanese equestrian officials said Sunday an announcement will be made soon on whether he will actually compete in London. Hoketsu will turn 71 on March 28.

The oldest Olympian in history was Swedish shooter Oscar Swahn, who won a silver medal at the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium, at 72. It was his sixth medal in three games.

Hoketsu is based in Germany and become Japan's oldest Olympian when he competed at the 2008 Beijing Olympics at 67.