People all around the world are eagerly waiting for the Tokyo Olympic games to finally begin after the delay. Tokyo Olympics was supposed to happen in the year 2020 but was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. It is taking place in the scheduled locations in July 2021. Fans of the Olympic games are really excited for talented athletes and the sporting events to finally start.
People are searching for all the interesting information, facts, questions and news about the Olympics on the internet. One of those commonly searched questions is the age limit for athletes that can participate in the Olympics. If you are interested in the same topic, here is a helpful article where you can read and know all about the age limit of the Olympic games.
How Old Do You Have to be to compete in the Olympics?
There is no particular age limit for athletes for participating in competitions and sporting events at the Olympic games. There are some rules about the age of the athletes set by each international sports federation (Check out the list of all important international sports federations). The age limits set by all the sports federations are implemented after the approval of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Who are the youngest athletes in Olympic history?
Greek gymnast Dimitrios Loundras, according to the database of Olympic games, is the youngest athlete to win a medal. He was 10 years and 218 days old when he came third in the team parallels bars at the Olympic games of 1896.
Italian athlete, Luigina Giavotti, played in the team gymnastics event at the Olympics of 1928 and won the silver medal. She was 11 years and 302 days old.
Japanese Kuoso Kitamura was 14 years and 309 days old when he won the gold medal at the Olympic games of 1932 in the 1500m freestyle. He was the youngest known male gold medalist.
American Marjorie Gestring is believed to be the youngest female gold medalist. She won a gold medal in the 3m springboard at the Olympic games of 1936. She was 13 years and 268 days old.
Who are the youngest athletes in the 2021 Olympics?
- Gaurika Singh: Gaurika Singh is 13 years and 255 days old. She will be competing in the swimming events at the Tokyo Olympics of 2021.
- Hend Zaza: Hend is an 11 years old Syrian table tennis sensation. She will be participating in the table tennis competitions of the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. She has won four matches at the Western Asia Olympic Qualification Tournament in order to qualify for Tokyo Olympics.
- Sky Brown: Sky Brown, who is aiming for a gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics, is 12 years old. She is Great Britain’s skateboarder. She is a self-taught prodigy.