Who were the youngest and oldest medalists at the Tokyo Olympics?
The Tokyo Olympic Games offered us unforgettable moments when the human spirit triumphed despite the countless obstacles placed in their path. The athletes devoted countless hours of work, regardless of the challenges posed by the pandemic, such as anxiety and morbid fears, to help them prepare for the event. Age was not a barrier as the athletes competed against others who are either much younger than them or much older than them. Here are the oldest and youngest participants to win a medal at the Tokyo Olympics
The oldest participants to win an Olympic medal
1) Andrew Hoy
2) Abdullah Al-Rashidi
3) Dorothée Schneider
The youngest participants to win an Olympic medal
1) Rayssa Léal
2) Momoji Nishiya
The skateboarding event at the Tokyo Olympics saw some of the youngest participants strutting in front of the global audience, and Japan’s Momoji Nishiya used the stage to shine the most. The 13-year-old stunned the crowd and beat stiff competition from Rayssa Leal to clinch gold, becoming Japan’s youngest gold medalist.
3) Kokona Hiraki
Kokona Hiraki left audiences in awe as she became Japan’s youngest medalist by winning silver in women’s skateboarding at the Tokyo Olympics. The college girl started skating at the age of five under the influence of her mother’s love for the sport. These skateboarding champions showed us why age is not a barrier to winning against the best in the world.