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Tuesday, 22nd May 2012
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73-year-old Japanese woman breaks Everest record

A Japanese woman has shocked the world by becoming the oldest female to climb Mount Everest at the ripe old age of 73.

What is perhaps even more impressive is that Tamae Watanabe broke the record she set herself some ten years earlier, the Japan Times reported.

The former officer worker from the Yamanashi Prefecture, south-east of Nagano, arrived at an altitude of 8,300m by Friday night before reaching the peak of the tallest mountain in the world on Saturday morning.

Ang Tshering Sherpa, the chairman of the Asian Trekking organisation in Kathmandu which organised Ms Watanabe's expedition, said that both she and the other three members of her team were in good health.

"Watanabe reached the top of Mount Everest at 7am Nepali time," she told the news provider.

"She, along with Japanese mountaineer and photographer Noriyuki Muraguchi and three other team members reached the top successfully."

The news of the team's success was welcomed after reports from Nepal that four mountaineers from China, South Korea, Canada and Germany lost their lives attempting the climb during the same weekend.

Written by Mark Smith

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