Oldest and youngest Olympians from 72-year-old icon to 13-year-old gold medalist

Thousands of athletes from all over the world come together every four years to compete for everlasting glory in the form of Olympic gold – and not all of them fit the traditional mould.

While the average age of 26 suggests that a mixture of youth and experience are the common credentials shared by most athletes – there have been those that have been competed aged as young as 10 and as old as 72.

Olympians have no minimum or maximum age limits, but certain sports do have stricter eligibility limits including being 16 years old for Gymnasts and at least 18 for boxers.

Daily Star Sport have now taken a look at the youngest and oldest Olympians at both Tokyo 2020 and during previous games, with 13-year-old skateboarder Momiji Nishiya winning gold on Monday.

Oldest Male Olympians

Swedish shooter Oscar Swahn competed at three separate Olympic games and won six medals, and still holds the record for the oldest person to both compete and win a medal.

That stands with his bronze from the 1912 showpiece in Stockholm, at 64 years and 258 days of age – and appearance in 1920 aged 72.

The oldest male olympian at Tokyo 2020 is Andrew Hoy of Australia at 62, who is competing at his eighth Games, during which time he has won three goals.

Another shout out deserves to go to Savate Sresthaporn of Thailand, who only took up the sport back in 2007 and will aim for Trap Men's Qualification on Wednesday for Thailand at the age of 57.

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Youngest Male Olympians

Dimitrios Loundras holds the record for the youngest male Olympian in history, and the youngest male Olympian to ever win a medal at the 1896 Athens Olympics.

At the age of just 10 years 218 days, he won a bronze medal in the team parallel bars gymnastics event for Greece.

One of the youngest male Olympians at Tokyo 2020 has already captured a silver medal, with Sheng Lihao of China ,16, coming second in the 10 metre air rifle competition.

Oldest Female Olympians

The oldest female Olympian in history is British rider Lorna Johnstone, who competed for Equestrian glory at the Olympic Games – aged 70 years and 5 days old.

Having previously competed at the 1956 and 1968 Games, she entered the history books in 1972.

The oldest female Olympian at Tokyo 2020 is Mary Hanna from Australia, who is 66 years old.

The oldest female medalist ever is Eliza Pollock, winning bronze at the 1904 Olympic Games for Team USA at the age of 63 years and 333 days.

Youngest Female Olympians

The youngest female Olympian in history is Luigina Giavotti at 11 years and 301 days old.

The Italian gymnasts competed in the women's team all round event back in 1928, doing so alongside her 12-year-old colleagues Ines Vercesi and Carla Marangoni.

The youngest female Olympic medalist ever is Marjorie Gestring, who won the 3-meter Springboard Diving event for Team USA in 1936 at the age of 13 years, 268 days.

The youngest female Olympian at Tokyo 2020 was table tennis starlet Hend Zaza of Syria. With Team GB's youngest coming in the form of skateboarder Sky Brown, 12.

Momiji Nishiya is also deserving of a mention, having become Japan's youngest ever gold medal winner at the age of 13 in the first ever women's skateboarding event.

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