1PM: CULCAIRN equestrian champion Andrew Hoy is set to become the first Australian to compete in seven Olympic games after being named in the eventing team for London.
Hoy, 53, headlined Equestrian Australia’s five-man eventing team, returning to favour after the heartbreak of missing selection for the 2008 Beijing games.
The triple gold-medallist earned selection on the back of strong recent form, finishing sixth in a key warm-up event in Germany last week aboard his nine-year-old, Rutherglen, who Hoy will ride overseas.
Also named in the eventing team was Clayton Fredericks (Bendigo), Lucinda Fredericks (Flying Finish), Shane Rose (Taurus) and first-time Olympian Chris Burton (Holstein Park Leilani).
Hoy made his Olympic debut as a 25-year-old at Los Angeles in 1984 and returned every year until the 2008 games.
He won team gold in 1992, 1996 and 2000.
MOST OLYMPICS ATTENDED BY AUSTRALIAN
6- James Tomkins (rowing)
1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 (Opening Flag Bearer)
6- Colin Beashel (sailing)
1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004 (Opening Flag Bearer)
6- Andrew Hoy (equestrian)
1984, 1988, 1992, 1996 (Opening Flag Bearer), 2000, 2004