Hoy becomes Australia’s oldest ever medallist

Andrew Hoy has become Australia’s oldest Olympic medallist at the age of 62 after winning a silver medal as part of the equestrian eventing team.

Then only hours later, Hoy won bronze in the individual eventing event. The eight-time Olympian, along with teammates Shane Rose and Kevin McNab, finished second in the teams event behind Great Britain and just in front of France.

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Hoy’s Olympic medal tally now comes to six: three golds, two silvers and a bronze.

Incredibly, he made his Olympics debut in 1984 and is competing at a record eighth Games.

Australia had started the final day of the eventing program 17.90 points behind Great Britain and 0.90 ahead of France. McNab produced a faultless round on Don Quidam in 77.76 seconds – 1.24 seconds inside the time limit. He was followed by Rose, who picked up a four-point penalty aboard Virgil.

That left Hoy with little margin for error as the team’s anchor but he came through under pressure and on board his horse Vassily De Lassos.

The final points tally for the medallists was Great Britain (86.30 points), Australia (100.20) and France (101.50).

Hoy also became the oldest individual Olympic medallist since Swedish shooter Oscar Swahn in 1912.

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