Andrew Hoy becomes Australia’s oldest ever medallist
Andrew Hoy became Australia’s oldest Olympic medalist at the age of 62 after winning a silver medal on the equestrian eventing team.
Hours later, Hoy won bronze in the individual eventing event. The eight-time Olympian, accompanied by his teammates Shane Rose and Kevin McNab, finished second in the team event behind Great Britain and just ahead of France.
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Hoy’s Olympic medal total now stands at six: three gold, two silver and one bronze.
Incredibly, he made his Olympic Games debut in 1984 and competed in a record eighth Games.
Australia started the last day of the eventing 17.90 points behind Great Britain and 0.90 ahead of France. McNab had a clear round on Don Quidam in 77.76 seconds – 1.24 seconds in the allotted time. He was followed by Rose, who received a four-point penalty aboard Virgil.
This left Hoy little room for error as the team anchor, but he got through it under pressure and aboard his horse Vassily De Lassos.
The final points tally for the medalists were Great Britain (86.30 points), Australia (100.20) and France (101.50).
Hoy also became the longest-serving individual Olympic medalist since Swedish marksman Oscar Swahn in 1912.
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