Oscar Swahn: Oldest Olympic Medalist

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Oscar Gomer Swahn (October 20, 1847 – May 1, 1927) was a Swedish shooter who competed at three Olympic games and won several medals.

In the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden, Swahn was a member of the single shot running deer team which won the gold medal. He also won bronze at the individual double shot running deer event. At 64 years of age, Swahn became the oldest gold medalist ever, a record that still remains today.

At the age of 72, Swahn was the oldest sportsman to compete in the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium.  His team won a silver medal in the double shot running deer contest, making Swahn the oldest medalist of all time.  Read more…