Agence France-Presse reports via ABS-CBNNews.com that an "80-year-old Japanese man who underwent heart surgery in January" became the oldest person to reach the summit of the world's highest mountain, Mount Everest.
According to the report, "Yuichiro Miura and his party, including his second son Gouta, arrived at the summit at around 9 am local time (0315 GMT)" on May 23. He bested the previous age record by four years. The article noted, though, that Miura "may not have his name on the title very long: Nepal’s Min Bahadur Sherchan, the former record holder who turns 82 on June 20, is on the mountain again and bidding to reach the summit." A Nepalese official said Sherchan is already at the base camp and "preparing to make his ascent.""
Miura's climb this year marks the third time he has scaled the 8,848-metre (29,028-foot) peak. He "previously reached the summit in 2003 and 2008 when he was 70, claiming the oldest summiteer record, and 75 respectively." Aside from these feats, Miura is also known as the first person to ski down Mount Everest. "His parachute-aided descent was documented in the 1975 film The Man Who Skied Down Everest, which won an Academy Award for Best Documentary," the article noted.
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