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Todd edged in Olympic age stakes

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 28/06/2016

Sir Mark Todd's tenure as New Zealand's elder statesman at the upcoming Rio Olympics has been shortlived, with the double gold medallist unseated by dressage rider Julie Brougham.

Todd, 60, was touted as New Zealand's oldest Olympian when New Zealand's six-strong equestrian team was named on Monday.

But Todd, who has accumulated five eventing medals over seven Olympics, has been edged by Olympic debutante Brougham, who turned 62 earlier this year.

Ever the gentleman, Todd has tipped his hat in recognition of Brougham's status, and his new role as second in command in the age stakes.

"I did quite enjoy being the elder statesman of the team, but am happy to concede," he said.

Brougham says she tries to keep low-profile on her age.

"But hey, now I'm Olympian I may as well embrace it.

"Really, I am the newbie in all of this. Mark has more Olympic experience that would be hard to match.

"I'm very happy to pass the mantle back to him as the one we should all take advice from and aspire to."

NZ Olympic Committee chief Kereyn Smith says that women are already looking like becoming the dominant force in the New Zealand Olympic team.

"While Mark may still be our most capped Olympian, it's great to see a female athlete take over the coveted most senior spot. Gender balance is really having a positive impact within our team."

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