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What Is The Minimum Age To Be In The Olympics?

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What Is The Minimum Age To Be In The Olympics?

Some of the greatest achievements from the Tokyo Olympics so far have come from athletes who are in their teens. Team GB's Sky Brown has won a bronze medal for skateboarding at the age of 13, and Team USA sprinter Erriyon Knighton breezed his way into the Men's 200m final at the age of 17.

All of the young blood at this year's Olympic Games has got people wondering what the minimum age requirement is for athletes to compete in the Olympics.

How old do you have to be to compete at the Olympics?

You may be surprised to hear that there isn't actually a minimum age requirement to enter the Olympics.

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Sky Brown is the youngest ever athlete to compete for Team GB. She won a bronze in skateboarding at age 13. (Credit: PA)
Sky Brown is the youngest ever athlete to compete for Team GB. She won a bronze in skateboarding at age 13. (Credit: PA)

The Olympics website states: "There is no specific age limit for taking part in the Olympic Games. This depends on each International Sports Federation [ISF] and the rules it lays down for its sport."

Each sport has an ISF, which is in charge of arranging the qualifying events and determining if an athlete meets all of the requirements set out in the Olympic Charter.

Who is the youngest athlete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics?

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Syrian Olympic table-tennis athlete, Hend Zaza, is the youngest person to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Born on 1st January 2009, she is just aged 12 years, seven months at the time of competing.

Hend Zaza from Syria is the youngest athlete at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. (Credit: PA)
Hend Zaza from Syria is the youngest athlete at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. (Credit: PA)

Who is the youngest athlete to ever compete in the Olympics?

The youngest ever Olympic medalist from a team event is Greek gymnast Dimitrios Loundras, who competed in the 11896 Olympic Games at just age 10 years, 218 days old. He was part of the bronze-winning parallel bars team.

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Whereas the youngest individual Olympic champion is the USA's Marjorie Gestring. She won the 3m springboard event at the 1936 Berlin Olympics when she was aged 13 years and 268 days.

Who is the oldest Olympic champion?

Swedish shooter, Oscar Swahn, won the Olympic gold in the 100m running deer double shots team event at the 1920 Antwerp Olympics. He was aged 72 years and 279 days at the time of competing.

The oldest female Olympian is the USA's Eliza Pollock, who won a gold medal at the 1904 Olympics. She won the archery competition at the age of nearly 64.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Olympics News, Tokyo OIympics

Laura Sanders
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