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Oldest Man to Climb Everest

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80-year-old Japanese man becomes oldest to climb Mount Everest
Yuichiro Miura (R) poses with his son Gota Miura (L) for photographers during a press conference in Tokyo on March 22.

Kathmandu, Nepal (CNN) -- An 80-year-old Japanese man on Thursday became the oldest person to reach the top of Mt. Everest, officials said.

Yuichiro Miura reached the top of Everest Thursday morning with his physician son Gota, mountaineering official Gyanendra Shrestha said from the base of Everest.
Miura's achievement eclipses that of a Nepali man who climbed Everest at age 76 in 2008. The oldest woman to climb Everest is also a Japanese. She was 73 when she reached the top last year.

Miura broke his hip in an accident two years ago, and he underwent heart surgery in January. "I am still healthy and strong. I think I have a good chance to reach the summit of Everest," he said via phone earlier this month.
To prepare, Miura walked three times a week with loads of 25 to 30 kilograms (55 …