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Japanese 71-year-old becomes oldest to climb Everest

Katsusuke YanagisawaA 71-year-old Japanese man has become the world's oldest person to climb Mount Everest, topping a feat set by a compatriot last year.

Former school teacher Katsusuke Yanagisawa reached the summit last Tuesday, a mountain tour group who organized his climb said on Tuesday. It said he climbed from the Tibetan side of the Himalayan peak.

"I feel at ease. I was able to break the record thanks to friends who supported me," Yanagisawa was quoted as saying by Kyodo news agency.

His age would make him the oldest person to have climbed the 8,850 meter (29,035 feet) peak, an official at the Japan Mountaineering Association said.

The list of climbers who have conquered Everest include a blind person, a man with an artificial leg and the youngest, and a 16-year-old boy.

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