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A 93-year-old man almost made the U.S. Olympic table tennis team

The Washington Post logo The Washington Post 07-08-2016 Marissa Payne
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The U.S. table tennis team at the Rio Olympics already boasts the American delegation’s youngest player with 16-year-old Kanak Jha, but did you know it also almost boasted the oldest? Meet 93-year-old Bill Guilfoil. The Kansas native, who learned how to first play table tennis in the 1930s, made it to the Olympic table tennis trials but ultimately failed to make the team. 

“I was probably 70 years older than anybody there and I played in the men’s singles (tournament),” he told Kansas City’s KSHB News. 

Whether Guilfoil will keep trying to fulfill his Olympic dream is unclear, but he’ll definitely keep playing the game he loves.

“Longevity comes from exercise, proper food, and many things,” he said. “(In table tennis) you move your eyes a lot and it’s good for your brain too.”

Photos: The oldest Olympic Games competitors ever

(L-R) The Sweden team that won gold: Alf Swahn, Ake Lundberg, Oscar Swahn, Per Olof Arvidsson The oldest Olympic Games competitors ever

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