Youngest and Oldest Olympic Gold Medalists

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Athletic Edge Physiotherapy in Toronto, Canada created this interactive graphic that shows some of the most popular Olympic sports featuring the youngest and oldest gold medalists throughout history. Data was taken from Olympic.org and cross-referenced with the Wikipedia pages for the individual athletes. The most popular sports were selected according to the Google search results available from the end of the London 2012 games - present. We hope you love this interactive graphic and enjoy seeing age differences between athletes past and present!

Olympic 100m

Reggie Walkerage 19

Linford Christieage 32

Reggie Walker

South Africa

1908

Linford Christie

Great Britain

1992

Betty Robinson age 16

Fanny Blankers-Koen age 30

Betty Robinson

United States

1928

Fanny Blankers-Koen

Netherlands

1948

GYMNASTICS

Vitaly Scherboage 20

Viktor Ivanovich Chukarinage 35

Vitaly Scherbo

Belarus

1988

Viktor Ivanovich Chukarin

USSR

1956

Nadia Comăneciage 14

Maria Gorokhovskayaage 30

Nadia Comăneci

Romania

1976

Maria Gorokhovskaya

USSR

1952

DIVING

Sun Shuweiage 16

Sammy Leeage 32

Sun Shuwei

China

1992

Sammy Lee

United States

1952

Marjorie Gestring age 13

Wu Minxia age 30

Marjorie Gestring

United States

1932

Wu Minxia

China

2016

Weightlifting - Lightweight

Liao Huiage 20

Waldemar Baszanowskiage 33

Liao Hui

China

2008

Waldemar Baszanowski

Poland

1968

Li Xueying age 22

Chen Yanqing age 29

Li Xueying

China

2012

Chen Yanqing

China

2008

Weightlifting - Heavyweight

Andrei Aramnauage 20

Josef Strassbergerage 33

Andrei Aramnau

Belarus

2008

Josef Strassberger

Germany

1928

Cao Lei age 24

María Isabel Urrutia age 35

Cao Lei

China

2008

María Isabel Urrutia

Columbian

2000

Swimming - 100m freestyle

Yasuji Miyazakiage 15

Duke Kahanamokuage 30

Yasuji Miyazaki

Japan

1932

Duke Kahanamoku

United States

1920

Penny Oleksiak age 16

Dawn Fraser age 27

Penny Oleksiak

Canada

2016

Dawn Fraser

Australia

1964

Marathon

Juan Carlos Zabalaage 20

Carlos Lopesage 37

Juan Carlos Zabala

Argentina

1932

Carlos Lopes

Portugal

1984

Fatuma Roba age 22

Constantina Diță age 38

Fatuma Roba

Ethiopia

1996

Constantina Diță

Romania

2008

Triathlon

Alistair Edward Brownlee age 24

Hamish Clive Carter age 33

Alistair Edward Brownlee

Great Britain

2012

Hamish Clive Carter

New Zealand

2004

Emma Laura Snowsill age 27

Katherine Jessie Jean Allen age 34

Emma Laura Snowsill

Australia

2008

Katherine Jessie Jean Allen

Austria

2004

Golf

Warren Kenneth Woodage 17

George Seymour Lyonage 46

Warren Kenneth Wood

United States

1904

George Seymour Lyon

Canada

1904

Boxing-Light weight

Carlo Orlandiage 18

Mario César Kindelán Mesaage 33

Carlo Orlandi

Italy

1928

Mario César Kindelán Mesa

Cuba

2004

Boxing-Heavy weight

George Edward Foremanage 19

Félix Savón Fabreage 33

George Edward Foreman

United states

1968

Félix Savón Fabre

Cuba

2000

Women's Boxing

Claressa Shields age 17

Nicola Adams age 29

Claressa Shields

United states

2012

Nicola Adams

Great Britain

2012

Tennis - Singles

Vincent Richards age 21

Andy Murray age 29

Vincent Richards

United states

1924

Vincent Richards

Great Britain

2016

Jenniffer Capriati age 16

Serena Williams age 30

Jenniffer Capriati

United States

1992

Serena Williams

United States

2012

Tennis - Doubles

Friedrich Traunage 20

George Hillyardage 44

Friedrich Traun

German Empire

1896

George Hillyard

United Kingdom

1908

Helen Wills age 18

Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman age 37

Helen Wills

United States

1924

Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman

United States

1924

Taekwondo - Feather Weight

Son Tae-jin age 19

Hadi Saei age 28

Son Tae-jin

South Korea

2012

Hadi Saei

Iran

2008

Jade Jones age 19

Jang Ji-won age 24

Jade Jones

British

2012

Jang Ji-won

South Korea

2004

Taekwondo Heavy Weight

Cha Dong-minage 18

Moon Dae-sungage 27

Cha Dong-min

South Korea

2008

Moon Dae-sung

South Korea

2004

Chen Zhong age 17

Oh Hye-ri age 30

Chen Zhong

China

2000

Oh Hye-ri

South korea

2016

Fencing - Foil

Nedo Nadiage 18

Lucien Gaudinage 41

Nedo Nadi

Italy

1912

Lucien Gaudin

France

1928

Helene Mayer age 17

Ilona Elek age 41

Helene Mayer

Germany

1928

Ilona Elek

Hungary

1948

Beach Volleyball

Kent Steffes age 28

Charles Frederick Kiraly age 35

Kent Steffes

United States

1996

Charles Frederick Kiraly

United States

1996

Sandra Pires Tavares age 23

Kerri Ann Pottharst age 35

Sandra Pires Tavares

Brazil

1996

Kerri Ann Pottharst

Australia

2000

Judo - Light Weight

Elnur Mammadli age 20

Marc Alexandre age 28

Elnur Mammadli

Azerbaijan

2008

Marc Alexandre

France

1988

Driulis González Morales age 22

Miriam Blasco Soto age 28

Driulis González Morales

Cuba

1996

Miriam Blasco Soto

Spain

1992

Judo - Heavy Weight

David Khakhaleishvili age 21

Willem Ruska age 32

David Khakhaleishvili

Unified Team (EUN)

1992

Willem Ruska

Netherlands

1972

Sun Fuming age 22

Yuan Hua age 26

Sun Fuming

China

1996

Yuan Hua

China

2000

Archery

Tomi Jaakko Poikolainen age 18

Simon John Fairweather age 30

Tomi Jaakko Poikolainen

Finland

1980

Simon John Fairweather

Australia

2000

Seo Hyang-Soon age 17

Queenie Newall age 53

Seo Hyang-Soon

South Korea

1984

Queenie Newall

Great Britain

1908

Decathlon

Bob Mathiasage 17

Helge Andreas Løvlandage 30

Bob Mathias

United States

1948

Helge Andreas Løvland

Norway

1920

Shot Put

Ralph Roseage 19

Pat McDonaldage 34

Ralph Rose

United States

1904

Pat McDonald

United States

1912

Galina Zybina age 21

Ivanka Khristova age 34

Galina Zybina

Soviet Union

1952

Ivanka Khristova

Bulgaria

1976