En español | Olympic athletes come in all shapes, sizes and, yes, ages. Competitors in this year's Summer Games range from as young as 12 — Syrian table tennis prodigy Hend Zaza — to as old as 66. What they all have in common are dedication, skill and passion for their respective sports. Here are the 10 oldest athletes from around the world set to participate in Tokyo's Olympic Games.
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Mary Hanna, 66, Australia
Hanna began riding on her parents’ farm at age 4, and later, at 61, became the oldest Australian athlete to ever compete at the Olympics. Now, at 66, she will be the second-oldest woman in Olympics history, after U.K. equestrian Lorna Johnstone, who was 70 at the 1972 Games.
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Andrew Hoy, 62, Australia
Hoy, who has competed in all but two of the Summer Olympics since 1984, has won three gold medals and one silver. He has already participated in more Olympics than any other Australian athlete.
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Geir Gulliksen, 61, Norway
Although he began riding at age 12, Gulliksen didn't compete in his first Olympic Games until he was 48. Last year, in Sweden, he won his first World Cup title.
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Santiago Lange, 59, Argentina
At 6, he was encouraged to take up sailing by his father, who also sailed competitively. Lange, who has won a gold and two bronze medals, will be one of Argentina's flag bearers during Tokyo's opening ceremony.
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Abdelkebir Ouaddar, 59, Morocco
As a child, Ouaddar was fascinated yet terrified by horses. He overcame his fear after he was adopted by the Moroccan Royal Family and learned how to ride.
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Savate Sresthaporn, 58, Thailand
The 58-year-old didn't begin shooting until 2007, after a friend encouraged him to try it out. He entered his first competition a year later. Tokyo will be his first Olympics.
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Ni Xia Lian, 58, Luxembourg
Thirty-eight years after she won the table tennis world title in Tokyo in 1983, Xia Lian returns to the city for her fifth Olympic competition. Her record match at the 2017 Austrian Open lasted for one hour, 33 minutes and 42 seconds.
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Abdullah Al-Rashidi, 57, Kuwait
Al-Rashidi, who started shooting competitively in 1989, has participated in each Olympics since 1996. He won the bronze medal at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.
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Phillip Dutton, 57, USA
The Australian-born equestrian, entering his seventh Olympic Games, came to the U.S. in 1991 to train in a more competitive environment. Dutton, who has won two gold medals and one bronze, began competing for the U.S. in 2007 and today splits his time between Pennsylvania and South Carolina.
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Enrique Figueroa, 57, Puerto Rico
Figueroa says the Tokyo Games, his fifth Olympics, will be his last. The decorated athlete first sailed at age 10 when his family bought a small boat.
Aaron Kassraie writes about issues important to military veterans and their families for AARP. He also serves as a general assignment reporter. Kassraie previously covered U.S. foreign policy as a correspondent for the Kuwait News Agency's Washington bureau and worked in news gathering for USA Today and Al Jazeera English.
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