Oldest Olympic Competitors per Sport

Here are the oldest ever competitors at the Summer Olympic Games for each sport. This list is from all Olympic years, including the 2016 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.

See the discussion of the youngest Olympic competitors per sport, overall oldest and youngest medal winners, our list of the oldest living Olympians, and much more Olympic Trivia.

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 40 years, 308 days José Rafael Ortíz Puerto Rico 2004
Beach Volleyball 41 years, 28 days Emanuel Fernandes Angola 2008
Boxing 41 years, 334 days Muhammad Sadiq Pakistan 1976
Canoe / Kayak 48 years 300 days Martin Marinov Australia 2016
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 42 years, 156 days Andrey Lavrov Russia 2004
Judo 43 years, 222 days Orlando Madrigal Costa Rica 1964
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
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) 41 years 156 days Ivan Tasev Bulgaria 2008
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
Badminton 44 years, 28 days Denyse Julien Canada 2004
Basketball 37 years 294 days Leone Patterson New Zealand 2000
Beach Volleyball 39 years 61 days Kerri-Ann Pottharst Australia 2004
Boxing 36 years 191 days Anna Laurell-Nash Sweden 2016
Canoe / Kayak 47 years 321 days Josefa Idem-Guerrini Italy 2012
Cycling 49 years, 287 days Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli France 2008
Diving 36 years 155 days Birte Christoffersen-Hanson Sweden 1960
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 40 years, 213 days Meg Brazil 1996
Golf 46 years 361 days Catriona Matthew Great Britain 2016
Gymnastics - Artistic 41 years 296 days Queenie Judd Great Britain 1928
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
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
Softball 41 years 205 days Myriam Segarra Peru 1996
Swimming 41 years 124 days Dara Torres USA 2008
Synchronized Swimming 40 years 196 days Soňa Bernardová Czech Republic 2016
Table Tennis 53 years 37 days Xia Lian Ni Luxembourg  2016
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) 39 years 315 days Danielle Scott-Arruda USA 2012
Water Polo 41 years 160 days Camila Pedrosa Brazil 2016
Weightlifting 43 years 150 days Maria Elisabete Jorge Brazil 2000
Wrestling 38 years 207 days Gyuzel Manyurova Kazakhstan 2016

* 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)

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

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