Youngest Olympic Competitors per Sport

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

The youngest documented Olympian is 10-year-old Greek gymnast Dimitrios Loundras, but there may have been a younger competitor, the young boy of unknown age from Paris who was the substitute coxswain in the winning Dutch pair oars boat in the 1900 rowing event. The youngest female athlete is also a gymnast, Luigina Giavotti. The Italian gymnast competed in 1928 aged 11 years 301 days.

11-year-old Syrian table tennis player Hend Zaza is set to become the youngest Olympian in more than 50 years after qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Games. British skateboarding competitor Sky Brown is a few months older, turning 12 years old two weeks before the start of the Games.

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

Youngest MALE competitors for each sport

Sport Age * Name Country Year
Archery 15 years, 123 days Henry Richardson USA 1904
Badminton 18 years 208 days Boonsak Ponsana Thailand 2000
Baseball 16 years, 85 days Félix Tejada Dominican Republic 1992
Basketball 15 years 212 days Václav Krása Czechoslovakia  1948
Beach Volleyball 20 years 158 days Martin Lébl Czech Republic 2000
Boxing 15 years, 186 days Huub Baarsgarst Netherlands 1924
Canoe / Kayak 16 years 17 days Marlon Grings Brazil 1992
Cycling 14 years, 276 days Tacettin Öztürkmen Turkey 1928
Diving 13 years 186 days Niki Stajkovic Austria 1972
Equestrian 18 years 73 days Min Gwan-Gi South Korea 1960
Fencing 15 years 313 days Khaled Al-Awadhi Kuwait 1980
Field hockey 15 years 274 days Mukhtar Bhatti Pakistan 1948
Football 15 years, 111 days Abdel-Karim Sakr Egypt 1936
Golf 15 years, 323 days Albert E. Austin Canada 1904
Gymnastics - Artistic 10 years, 216 days Dimitrios Loundras Greece 1896
Handball 14 years, 336 days Kamel Maoudj Algeria 1984
Judo 16 years 59 days Juan Chalas Dominican Republic 1972
Modern Pentathlon 16 years 42 days Sven Coomer Australia 1956
Rowing 11 years 251 days Carlos Front Spain 1992
Rugby 16 years 125 days Eugen Sfetescu Romania 1925
Sailing 13 years 56 days William Horton, Jr. USA 1952
Shooting 15 years 252 days Olivér Gáspár Hungary 1988
Swimming 13 years 7 days Jorge Lima Angola 1980
Table Tennis 15 years 211 days Marcelo Aguirre Paraguay  2008
Taekwondo 16 years 267 days Akram Al-Noor Yemen 2004
Tennis 16 years 174 days Mario Ančić Croatia 2000
Track and Field 15 years 119 days Alphonse Yanghat Congo  1972
Trampoline 18 years 285 days Pirmammad Aliyev Kazakhstan 2016
Triathlon 18 years 311 days Wang Daqing China 2008
Volleyball (indoor) 17 years 3 days Gang Man-Su South Korea 1972
Water Polo 11 years 223 days Antoine Fiolet France 1900
Weightlifting 15 years 189 days Khodor Al-Aywan Lebanon 1988
Wrestling 15 years 330 days Mahabir Singh India 1980

Youngest FEMALE competitors for each sport

Sport Age * Name Country Year
Archery 14 years, 290 days Denise Parker USA 1988
Badminton 16 years, 337 days Mia Audina Indonesia 1996
Basketball 16 years, 253 days Andrea Borrell Cuba 1980
Beach Volleyball 18 years 116 days Nada Meawad Egypt 2016
Boxing 17 years 137 days Claressa Shields USA 2012
Canoe / Kayak 15 years, 218 days Francine Fox USA 1964
Cycling 17 years 92 days Hege Stendahl Norway 1984
Diving 13 years, 23 days Dorothy Poynton-Hill USA 1928
Equestrian 16 years, 341 days Luiza Almeida Brazil 2008
Fencing 14 years, 288 days Lea Moutoussamy Algeria 2012
Field hockey 15 years, 363 days Sabine Blemenschütz Austria 1980
Football 16 years 97 days Ellie Carpenter Australia 2016
Golf 18 years 141 days Aditi Ashok India 2016
Gymnastics - Artistic 11 years 301 days Luigina Giavotti Italy 1928
Gymnastics - Rhythmic 13 years, 221 days Céline Degrange France 1992
Handball 15 years 273 days Barbara Diribe Nigeria 1992
Judo 14 years, 175 days Ludmila Cristea Moldova 2000
Modern Pentathlon 15 years, 281 days Aya Medany Egypt 2004
Rowing 14 years 232 days Kirsten Plum Jensen Denmark 1976
Rugby 18 years 146 days Jiowana Sauto Fiji 2016
Sailing 16 years 231 days Tania Fierro Mexico 1988
Shooting 16 years 115 days Mladenka Maleniča Yugoslavia  1988
Softball 17 years 123 days Britt Vonk The Netherlands 2008
Swimming 11 years 306 days Arati Saha India 1952
Synchronized Swimming 15 years 115 days Sahar Helal Egypt 1984
Table Tennis 15 years 118 days Sally Yee Fiji 2016
Taekwondo 16 years 131 days Nadin Dawani Jordan 2004
Tennis 14 years 136 days Natacha Randriantefy Madagascar  1992
Track and Field 13 years, 4 days Céléstine N'Drin Ivory Coast 1976
Trampoline 18 years 92 days Nicole Ahsinger USA 2016
Triathlon 18 years 128 days Hollie Avil Great Britain 2008
Volleyball (indoor) 15 years 298 days Vera Leme Brazil 1980
Water Polo 16 years 104 days Paula Leitón Spain 2016
Weightlifting 15 years 358 days Fatima Hirech Algeria 2016
Wrestling 18 years 231 days Rosalie Bénié Tano Côte d'Ivoire  2012

* For determining the youngest athlete, the age is based on the day their event started (which may not always have been the day that the 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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