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Sport Dressage, Jumping
NOC Japan   
Born28 Mar 1941 in Tokyo, JPN
Height1.68 m
Human Interest
Last Update
  23 Sep 2021
Further Personal Information
Languages English, Japanese
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began riding at age 12. He switched from jumping to dressage at age 35.
Why this sport? He had the opportunity to ride horses at a school camp and enjoyed the session. He then started attending a riding club.
Club / Team Tokyo Equestrian Federation: Japan
General Interest
Awards and honours In 2012 he received the Meguro District Sports Award in Japan. In 2013 he was presented with the Meguro District Medal of Honour. (, 19 Mar 2013)

In 2012 he received an Achievement Award at the Japan Racing Association [JRA] Shoba Culture Awards. (, 25 Mar 2013)

He was presented with the Japan Equestrian Federation [JEF] Achievement Award in 2008. (, 23 Jan 2009)
Milestones He became the oldest athlete from any sport to have represented Japan at the Olympic Games when he competed at the 2012 Games in London at age 71 years and 134 days. (SportsDeskOnline, 03 Jul 2019;, 20 Dec 2012;, 05 Mar 2012)
Other information OLYMPIC CAREER
He made his Olympic debut at the 1964 Games in Tokyo at age 23. However, he then had to wait another 44 years for his next appearance, which came at the 2008 Games in Beijing. He had been due to represent Japan at the 1988 Games in Seoul but was forced to withdraw due to quarantine problems with his horse. He competed at the 2012 Olympic Games in London at age 71, making him the oldest Japanese Olympian and the third oldest Olympian of all time. (, 31 May 2016;, 09 Sep 2013;, 09 Sep 2013;, 20 Dec 2012;, 05 Mar 2012; BBC News, 07 Feb 2008)

He has studied for a master's degree at Duke University in Durham, NC, United States of America. (, 18 Jan 2020;, 09 Sep 2013; Athlete, 04 Jul 2012)

Major Results
Olympic Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2012 OG-D London (GBR) WHISPER 115 41  
2008 OG-D Hong Kong - The Beijing 2008 Olympic Games (CHN) WHISPER 115 35 9
World Equestrian Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2010 6th WEG Lexington KY (USA) WHISPER 115 31 13
2006 5th WEG Aachen (GER) CALAMBO WD 16

Current Results
There are no current results available for this athlete.
Abbreviation Meaning
DNF Did Not Finish
DNS Did Not Start
DNQ Did Not Qualify
DSQ Disqualified
FNR Finished No Rank
RET Retired
WDW Withdrawal

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