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No more Qomolangma‚ says oldest to climb highest peak

Updated: 2013-05-27 16:06

KATMANDU, Nepal - The oldest person to climb Qomolangma, also known as Mount Everest in the West, said Sunday that he won't make any further attempts to scale the world's highest peak - even though his new record may soon be in jeopardy.

"I think three times is enough," Yuichiro Miura, who reached the top of Qomolangma at the age of 80 last week, told reporters. "At this point I could not think of anything but rest."

No more Qomolangma‚ says oldest to climb highest peak

Japanese mountain climber Yuichiro Miura, 80, shows a victory sign upon his arrival at the airport after climbing Qomolangma, in Kathmandu, May 26, 2013. Miura, who has had four heart surgeries, reached the top of Qomolangma on Thursday becoming the oldest person to conquer the world's highest mountain. Miura, who first climbed Qomolangma in 2003 and repeated the feat five years later, takes the oldest climber record from Nepal's Min Bahadur Sherchan, who reached the summit at the age of 76 in 2008.[Photo/Agencies]

A brief improvement in weather conditions allowed Miura, a Japanese former extreme skier, to fly by helicopter from Qomolangma to Katmandu, Nepal's capital, on Sunday, three days after he scaled Qomolangma's 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) peak. He had initially planned to leave the mountain on Saturday, but poor weather conditions forced the cancellation of the helicopter flight.

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