In Osaka, Japan, an 86-year-old bodybuilder broke his own record as the oldest person to compete in the Japan championships on October 9, 2022. Toshisuke Kanazawa, of Hiroshima, participated in the 68th edition of the men's Japan bodybuilding championships, competing against much younger men. Though he didn't make it to the final 12 contestants, he remarked, "I'm grateful for just being able to participate. I hope I can reach the hearts of others when they see me take on a challenge even in old age." Kanazawa began seriously bodybuilding at the age of 20, won his first Japan championships at 24, garnered his second title at 27, and retired at 34. Just before turning 50, he returned to the sport to encourage his wife, who was prone to illness. He has won the first-place title 15 times, including in the 40+ category when he was 57 years-old. After finishing second in the Japan masters championships last August, he noted, "I'm still not anywhere near the finish line. It's important to keep setting goals and taking on challenges no matter how old you are."

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