Syrian Table Tennis Star Hend Zaza Qualifies For 2020 Olympics At Just 11 Years Old
At just 11 years old, Syrian table tennis whiz Hend Zaza is poised to be the youngest competitor at the 2020 Summer Olympics. Unsurprisingly, she will go down in history as one of the youngest Olympians of all time.
"Congratulations to our heroine Hend Zaza," the Syrian Olympic Committee wrote on Facebook.
Table tennis is one of the few Olympic sports that does not have an age minimum or maximum. Zaza is the youngest qualifier this year, and she could go up against the oldest — Ni Xia Lian of Luxembourg, who will be 57 years old when the games begin this summer.
11-year-old skateboarder Sky Brown was previously in line for the title of youngest Olympian at the 2020 games, but she will turn 12 just a few weeks before the opening ceremony. Brown is expected to qualify for the British team after winning a bronze medal at the world championships in 2019.
There have only been a handful of Olympians younger than Zaza. When Greek gymnast Dimitrios Loundras took home the bronze in the team parallel bars in 1896, he was 10 years and 218 days old. In 1928, Italian gymnast Luigina Giavotti won a silver medal in the team event at 11 years and 302 days old, according to Olympic records.
First published on March 7, 2020 / 4:20 PM
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