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May 24, 2013
80-year old Japanese sets new record

by Hemanta Kafle Senior Sub editor/ Senior Reporter Annapurna Post
KATHMANDU, May 24, 2013 - An 80-year-old Japanese climber who has had four heart surgeries has become the oldest person to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

Yuichiro Miura and his party arrived at the summit of the world’s highest mountain around 9.00am (local time) on Thursday.

"I have never felt like this in my life. But I've never been more exhausted than this, Miura told local newspaper.

It was his third conquest of the 8,848-metre peak after previously reaching the summit when he was 70 and 75.

Miura's latest feat means he recaptures the same record he previously held. His 2003 record was broken in 2007. He then conquered Everest for the second time aged 75 in May 2008, but that was one day after Nepal's Min Bahadur Sherchan made it to the top at the age of 76.

Until Thursday morning, the Nepalese man had been the world record holder, according to Guinness World Records.

Now 81, Sherchan plans to make his own attempt at scaling the summit and taking back his record next week.

A noted veteran adventurer, Miura came to worldwide attention in 1970 when he became the first person to ski down Everest.

More than 3,000 people have successfully scaled Everest, but the mountain claims lives regularly, with even the best climbers falling victim to its fickle weather.

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