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Japanese Man Becomes Oldest to Scale Mount Everest

Mount Everest
Mount Everest is the second peak from the left. (Image credit: Pavel Novak)

An 80-year-old Japanese man has scaled Mount Everest, becoming the oldest person to ever climb the world's tallest peak.

Yuichiro Miura and his group, including his son, reached the summit at 9 a.m. local time yesterday (May 23), beating the previous age record by four years, Discovery News reports. "I feel like the happiest person in the world," Miura said in a satellite telephone conversation with his office in Tokyo, according to Discovery News. "I've never been more exhausted than this but I can keep on going even at the age of 80."

The news was celebrated in Japan, which is "increasingly dominated by older people," Discovery News noted. This is the third time Miura has scaled the 29,028-foot-tall (8,848 meters) peak.

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