MOSCOW -- The horse race in the town of Lykhny must be the oldest in the world.
No one knows how long the race has been staged, but in the latest one the spectators prize for the 1.2-mile course went to 100-year-old Georgi Gabechia, the official Tass news agency said Friday.
Not to be outdone, Temur Vanacha, from the nearby village of Duripsh, mounted his horse and stepped out on the course to a storm of applause from the spectators.
Vanacha is 115, Tass said.
Horseback riding is an old tradition in Abkhazia, an autonomous republic on the Black Sea in the southern Soviet Union.