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There is no limit to how old an Olympic competitor can be. The oldest competitor ever in the Olympics was shooter Oscar Swahn of Sweden who was 72 years, 281 days old when he competed in the 1920 Games in Antwerp. Oscar is also the oldest competitor to ever win an Olympic medal as he won a silver medal in team running target double shot shooting at the 1920 Games.

The oldest competitor in the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing was Hiroshi Hoketsu of Japan who was 67 years, 139 days old when he competed in dressage (equestrianism).

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