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The youngest medalists and the veterans of the Olympic Games

2021-07-26T20:52:03.051Z

At 13 years old, Nishiya Momiji is one of the youngest medalists in the history of the Olympic Games. Other winning youth and veterans



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The Japanese Nishiya Momiji won the gold medal in skateboarding at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on Monday. At just 13 years old, she is one of the youngest medalists in the history of the Games.


“I am just very, very delighted.

I'm so happy, ”Nishiya told reporters after her win, CNN reported.

Throughout the history of the modern Olympic Games (JJOO), other athletes broke records for their youth.

The youngest

In 1998, Tara Lipinski was the youngest figure skater to win a gold medal at the Olympics, at 15 years and 255 days.

At the Los Angeles Games in 1932, Kusuo Kitamura won the gold medal in the men's 1,500-meter freestyle swimming event.

The Japanese athlete was the youngest swimmer to win the Games, at 14 years and 309 days.

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According to the site of the Olympics, he was only surpassed in the Seoul Games in 1988, when the Hungarian Krisztina Egerszegi won the gold in the 200 meters backstroke, aged 14.

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Another young woman who broke barriers in her Olympic participation was Nadia Comaneci.

At the 1976 Olympics, she won three gold medals as a gymnast, at just 14 years old.

German helmsman Klaus Zerta won a gold medal at the 1960 Rome Olympics, at just 13 years and 283 days old. 

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At the Berlin Games in 1936, Marjorie Gestring won the trampoline gold medal.

He was 13 years and 268 days old, says the official site of the Olympics.

At the 1936 Berlin Games, helmsman Noël Vandernotte was the youngest athlete to represent France.

He was 12 years, 7 months and 20 days old and won two bronze medals.

And at the top of the list is Dimitrios Loundras, a Greek gymnast who, at just 10 years and 218 days old, competed in the Athens Games in 1896 and won a bronze medal, according to the official site of the Games.

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The older ones

On the other hand, there are the older athletes to achieve a medal.

Like Dara Torres.

Following a successful career, at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the American won an Olympic medal in swimming at age 41.

At the 1960 Olympics, Hungarian fencer Aladar Gerevish won a gold medal, aged 50.

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In 2008, British goalkeeper Sybil “Queenie” Newall was the oldest female athlete to win a gold medal, at 53 years old.

At the 1904 Olympics, 64-year-old Galen Carter Spencer helped his team win the gold medal in archery.

He was the oldest American to win gold, according to his biography on the official Olympics site.

On the other hand, the record for the oldest medal winner in the history of the Olympic Games goes to Oscar Swahn, a Swedish sports shooter.

At the Stockholm Games in 1912 he won a gold medal at 64 years and 258 days, according to the Guinness World Records site.

Then, at the Games in Belgium in 1920, Swahn won a silver medal, aged 72 years and 280 days.

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Source: cnnespanol

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