26 July 2021

Who are the youngest and oldest athletes at Tokyo, and who has been to the most Olympics?

Who is the oldest Olympian?

Australian Mary Hanna, 66, is the oldest athlete to compete at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

This is Hanna's seventh Olympics, competing in dressage.

She has represented Australia at five previous Games, starting in Atlanta in 1996.

The oldest Olympian ever was Sweden's Oscar Swahn, who was 72 when he competed in shooting at the 1920 Olympics in Belgium.

Who is the youngest Olympian?

Syria's Hend Zaza is the youngest competitor of the Tokyo Olympic Games at just 12 years old.

The table tennis prodigy is the youngest Olympian since 11-year-old figure skater Beatrice Hustiu competed at the 1968 Winter Olympics.

The youngest Olympian ever was 10-year-old gymnast Dimitrios Loundras, who won bronze in a team event at the birth of the modern Olympics in Athens in 1896.

Who has been to the most Olympic Games?

Nino Salukvadze, 52, from Georgia will have been to the most Olympic Games out of all the athletes at Tokyo.

A gold, silver and bronze medal-winning shooter, Salukvadze has competed in eight Olympic Games — this will be her ninth.

Salukvadze has competed in every Olympics since Seoul in 1988.

She and her son Tsotne Machavariani were the first mother and son to compete at the same Olympics when they represented Georgia in the pistol events at Rio in 2016.

The athlete who has been to the most Olympics is Canadian equestrian Ian Millar with an unmatched 10 games between 1972 and 2012.

Who has won the most Olympic medals?

Germany's "dressage queen" Isabell Werth, 52, is the most decorated Olympian to attend the Tokyo Games.

Werth has won six gold and four silver medals and holds the most Olympic medals for an equestrian athlete.

She will be riding Bella Rose 2 at Tokyo.

The Olympian with the most medals in history is US swimmer Michael Phelps with a total of 28, of which 23 are gold.

Source: https://www.abc.net.au



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