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10 youngest Olympic medal winners

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Nils Skoglund

Nils Skoglund Olympics
Skoglund (R) was 14 when he won Olympic silver

Stockholm-born Nils Skoglund competed in the Olympic Games of 1920 in Antwerp, Belgium, in the plain high diving event. The young diver took second prize at the event, beating older and more experienced athletes than himself.

At the time of his silver medal victory, Skoglund was fresh off his 14th birthday – he was 14 years, 11 days old. He became the the youngest ever individual Olympic medal winner that year, setting a world – and Games – record.

He remains the youngest ever medallist at the Summer Olympics.

Skoglund retired from diving immediately after the Games, switching his focus to water polo instead. His older brother went on to compete in the 1924 Olympics as a swimmer, but did not enjoy the success of his younger sibling.

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Published 08 May 2016, 09:21 IST
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