Oldest Olympic Competitors per Sport (2020 Update)

Here are the oldest ever competitors at the Summer Olympic Games for each sport. This list is from all Olympic years, including the 202 Tokyo Olympic Games.

The oldest ever Olympian is Oscar Swahn of Sweden. He was 72 years, 281 days old when he competed at the 1920 Olympics in shooting. He also qualified for the 1924 Olympics but withdrew without competing. The oldest woman to compete in the Olympics was British equestrian rider Lorna Johnstone, who participated in equestrian at the 1972 Olympic Games at 70 years and 5 days old.

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Oldest MALE competitors for each sport

Sport Age * Name Country Year
Archery 71 years, 261 days Thomas Scott USA 1904
Badminton 40 years 217 days Robert Mateusiak Poland 2016
Baseball 44 years, 102 days Alan Phillips South Africa 2000
Basketball 41 years, 99 days Luis Scola Argentina 2021
Beach Volleyball 45 years, 168 days Jake Gibb USA 2021
Boxing 41 years, 334 days Muhammad Sadiq Pakistan 1976
Canoe / Kayak 48 years 300 days Martin Marinov Australia 2016
Climbing 36 years 269 days Bassa Mawem France 2021
Cycling 43 years 197 days Juan Esteban Curuchet Argentina 2008
Diving 49 years 52 days Erik Tjäder Sweden 1912
Equestrian 72 years, 49 days Arthur von Pongracz Austria 1936
Fencing 63 years, 326 days Karl Münich Austria 1912
Field hockey 44 years, 314 days Tjerk Leegstra USA 1956
Football 39 years 24 days Ricardo Piccinini Guatemala  1988
Golf 50 years, 287 days Clarence Angier USA 1904
Gymnastics - Artistic 49 years, 152 days Jan de Boer Netherlands 1908
Handball 43 years, 218 days Humberto Gomes Portugal 2021
Judo 43 years, 222 days Orlando Madrigal Costa Rica 1964
Karate 41 years, 55 days Antonio Diaz Venezuela  2021
Modern Pentathlon 53 years, 96 days Carl Pauen Germany 1912
Rowing 60 years 70 days Oscar Rompani Argentina 1964
Rugby 40 years 47 days Raoul Thiercelin France 1920
Sailing 71 years 212 days William Martin France 1900
Shooting 72 years 281 days Oscar Swahn Sweden 1920
Skateboarding 46 years, 302 days Rune Glifberg Denmark 2021
Surfing 35 years, 209 days Michel Bourez France 2021
Swimming 50 years 104 days E. T. Jones Great Britain 1900
Table Tennis 54 years 193 days Zhiwen He Spain 2016
Taekwondo 37 years 285 days Steven Lopez USA 2016
Tennis 44 years 267 days Sydney Jacob India 1924
Track and Field 52 years, 199 days Percy Wyer Canada 1936
Trampoline 34 years 291 days Aleksandr Moskalenko Russia 2004
Triathlon 42 years 269 days Rob Barel The Netherlands 2000
Volleyball (indoor) 42 years 86 days Mehdi Ben Cheikh Tunisia 2021
Water Polo 45 years 176 days Charles Smith Great Britain 1924
Weightlifting 45 years 225 days Josef Schuster Germany 1952
Wrestling 51 years 7 days Hugo Toeppen USA 1904

Oldest FEMALE competitors for each sport

Sport Age * Name Country Year
Archery 63 years 333 days Eliza Pollock USA 1904
Artistic Swimming 40 years 196 days Soňa Bernardová Czechia 2016
Badminton 44 years, 28 days Denyse Julien Canada 2004
Basketball 41 years 332 days Laia Palau Spain 2021
Beach Volleyball 39 years 61 days Kerri-Ann Pottharst Australia 2004
Boxing 40 years 264 days Mira Potkonen Finland 2021
Canoe / Kayak 47 years 321 days Josefa Idem-Guerrini Italy 2012
Climbing 32 years 68 days Akiyo Noguchi Japan 2021
Cycling 49 years, 287 days Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli France 2008
Diving 36 years 235 days Leong Mun Yee Malaysia 2021
Equestrian 70 years 5 days Lorna Johnstone Great Britain 1972
Fencing 51 years 94 days Maxine Mitchell USA 1968
Field hockey 41 years 241 days Akemi Kato Japan 2012
Football 43 years, 156 days Formiga Brazil 2021
Golf 46 years 361 days Catriona Matthew Great Britain 2016
Gymnastics - Artistic 46 years 43 days Oksana Chusovitina Uzbekistan 2021
Gymnastics - Rhythmic 30 years 88 days Carolina Rodríguez Spain 2016
Handball 43 years 349 days Oh Yeong-Ran South Korea 2016
Judo 42 years 69 days Carmen Chalá Ecuador 2008
Karate 39 years, 324 days Sandra Sánchez Spain 2021
Modern Pentathlon 39 years 157 days Sheila Taormina USA 2008
Rowing 56 years 328 days Lesley Thompson-Willie Canada 2016
Rugby 35 years 248 days Carmen Farmer USA 2016
Sailing 49 years 100 days Nicky Green-Bethwaite Australia 2004
Shooting 57 years 280 days Sue Nattrass Canada 2008
Skateboarding 36 years, 53 days Melissa Williams South Africa 2021
Softball 41 years 205 days Myriam Segarra Peru 1996
Surfing 38 years, 33 days Sofía Mulánovich Peru 2021
Swimming 41 years 124 days Dara Torres USA 2008
Table Tennis 58 years 25 days Xia Lian Ni Luxembourg  2021
Taekwondo 36 years 351 days Yoriko Okamoto Japan 2008
Tennis 47 years 309 days Martina Navratilova USA 2004
Track and Field 48 years 234 days Lourdes Klitzkie Guam  1988
Trampoline 39 years, 171 days Anna Dogonadze-Lilkendey Germany 2012
Triathlon 40 years 236 days Ana Burgos Spain 2008
Volleyball (indoor) 40 years 12 days Carol Gattaz Brazil 2021
Water Polo 41 years 160 days Camila Pedrosa Brazil 2016
Weightlifting 43 years 174 days Laurel Hubbard # New Zealand 2021
Wrestling 39 years 66 days Ochirbatyn Burmaa Mongolia 2021

* For determining the oldest athlete, the age is based on the day an event started (which may not always have been the day that athlete competed)

# Transgender athlete Hubbard is the oldest to compete in the women's Olympic weightlifting competition. The oldest competitor that was born a woman was Brazilian Maria Elisabete Jorge, who was 43 years 150 days old in 2000.

source: the data was originally sourced from the sport-reference.com website, but further data added from their new site www.olympedia.org, plus additional results have been added to over time as new Olympics are held.



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