Equestrian's Hoy to set Olympic history

June 20, 2012, 4:06 pm By Steve Larkin NZ Newswire

Equestrian stalwart Andrew Hoy will become the only Australian to compete at seven Olympic Games after being chosen for the teams event in London.

Equestrian stalwart Andrew Hoy says he's not satisfied with becoming the only Australian to compete at seven Olympic Games.

Hoy wants to add another medal to his collection at next month's London Games, where he will create Australian Olympic history.

Hoy was on Wednesday nominated for Australia's five-person eventing team in London and his seventh Olympics - one more than retired compatriots, rower James Tomkins and sailor Colin Beashel - while shooters Michael Diamond and Russell Mark have been selected for their sixth Games.

"When I made my sixth Olympics, I thought there might be a possibility of getting the record," Hoy told the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) website on Tuesday.

"But when it comes to representing your country, that is not the record you're aiming for - it's just a nice little extra.

"The goal is to be successful and produce a world class performance."

Hoy, a triple Olympic gold medallist, has been nominated for the eventing team along with husband and wife Clayton and Lucinda Fredericks, Shane Rose and Olympic debutant Chris Burton.

Their nominations will be rubber-stamped by the AOC within days.

Veteran Stuart Tinney, a gold medallist at the 2000 Sydney Games, missed nomination, as did Sonja Johnson and Megan Jones, who won team eventing silver medals at the Beijing Olympics four years ago.

The overlooked trio have until Friday to lodge any appeal against their non-selection.

Hoy, 53, said each successive Olympics became increasingly emotional.

"The feeling changes from each Olympics because as you get older you value things more - you value the results, you value the opportunities and you value life more," he said.

Hoy competed in six consecutive Olympics from 1984 but was not selected for Beijing.

The England-based rider won team eventing gold medals in 1992, 1996 and 2000 - the only Australian to win three consecutive gold medals in the same discipline.

He will compete in London on his nine-year-old Rutherglen, a gelding he thought would struggle to make the Olympics.

"I have been working hard towards London but I thought my chances for a long time were limited, only in that my horse is a young horse," he said.

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