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80 year old man becomes oldest to climb to top of Mount Everest



KATMANDU, Nepal An 80-year-old Japanese mountaineer became the oldest person to reach the top of�Mount Everest�on Thursday.

Yuichiro Miura, who also conquered the 29,035-foot peak when he was 70 and 75, reached the summit at 9:05 a.m. local time, according to a Nepalese mountaineering official and Miura’s Tokyo-based support team.

Miura and his son, Gota, made a�phone call�from the summit, prompting his daughter, Emili, to smile broadly and clap her hands in�footage�on Japanese public broadcaster NHK.

�I made it!” Miura said over the�phone. �I never imagined I could make it to the top of�Mount Everest�at age 80. This is the world’s best feeling, although I’m totally exhausted. Even at 80, I can still do quite well.”

The climbers were going to take pictures at the summit before starting to descend, his office said.

Nepalese mountaineering official Gyanendra Shrestha, at Everest base camp, confirmed that Miura had reached the summit and is the oldest person to do so.

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