July 1, 2012 / 2:56 PM / 7 years ago

Skelton selected for sixth Olympics at 54

Show jumper Nick Skelton listens to the Britain national anthem after winning at the CSIO Grand Prix of Switzerland in St. Gallen June 5, 2011. REUTERS/Miro Kuzmanovic

LONDON (Reuters) - Nick Skelton will take part in his sixth Olympics after being included in Britain’s equestrian team for the London Games at the age of 54, the British Olympic Association (BOA) announced on Sunday.

The team’s Chef de Mission Andy Hunt paid tribute to the show jumper, who also took part in the Alternative Olympics of 1980, held following the boycott of the Moscow Games.

“Earning selection to compete at your sixth Olympic Games is a very special achievement and is a tribute to Nick Skelton’s quality, determination and consistency,” Hunt said in a statement.

“I am sure the other riders and athletes across Team GB will learn a lot from Nick’s wealth of experience.”

“I’m really pleased to be selected,” said Skelton, who was fifth with the British team in Beijing four years ago. “The horses are going well at the moment and I hope we’ve got a good chance, although you never know what will happen on the day.”

Scott Brash, Ben Maher and 52-year-old Peter Charles were also selected for the event, which starts on August 4 in London’s Greenwich Park. (Writing by Matt Barker; Editing by Clare Fallon)

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