Who is the most age-defying athlete?

I’m not sure about other sports, but in football (my football) honorable mentions go to Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Van der Sar, Roger Milla, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

However, the most age defying athlete has to be Stanley Matthews. He began as a wonderkid, playing first team football at 17 for Stoke during the 1930s. Matthews had an outstanding cross to compliment his Usain Bolt-esque pace and he kept it going for many, many years.

It wasn’t until he was 38 when Matthews finally won a piece of silverware, being man of the match in the 1953 FA Cup final where it is regarded as the “Matthews Final” due to his outstanding performance.

Matthews got his final England cap at 42, was the first Ballon D’Or winner and remains the oldest winner at age 41 (1956), and remains the only English player to have been knighted while playing in 1965 (at 50).

Most footballers start to decline around their early 30s and retire around age 37. However, Matthews could be seen as if he had his best years after 37 due to his fitness and revolutionary dieting. What a player.

This guy is not only an athlete but an actor too.

There is an event called Ironman Triathlon which a a series of long-distance triathlon races organized by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC), consisting of a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride and a marathon run of 26.22-mile (42.20 km), without a break. There is a cutoff duration of 17 hours, races completed after that time are not considered. The person who completes the race within 17 hours is given the title ‘Ironman’.

Milind Soman, a Bollywood actor completed this race in 15 hours and 19 minutes at the age of 50.

Not only this, he has also completed a run of 1500 km in 30 days to as a part of NDTV Greenathon at the age of 48. He holds a Limca Book record for that.

This man surely gives us fitness goals.

Source: The ‘Ironman’: Milind Soman completes toughest triathlon in the world

“I want challenges, whether cerebral or physical…If you never push yourself, you won’t know what your point of failure is. People always said I was so competitive. Not with other people, with myself.”

—Martina Navratilova.

She played her first grand slam singles final in 1975 and her last in 1994. That’s a span of 19 years, I am unaware if any other player has achieved that kind of success which transcends eras.

This is her second grand slam final in 1975 against Chirssy Evert, a woman who would be very significant in her life, on and off the court.

First Wimbledon title against Evert in 1978.

Lost the Wimbledon final to Monica Seles in 1991.

Navratilova was World No. 1 for a total of 332 weeks in singles, and a record 237 weeks in doubles, making her the only player in history to have held the top spot in both singles and doubles for over 200 weeks. She was year-end singles No. 1 seven times, including a record five consecutive years, as well as year-end doubles No. 1 five times, including three consecutive years during which she held the ranking for the entire year.

She won 18 grand slam singles titles, 31 major women’s doubles titles (an all-time record), and 10 major mixed doubles titles, marking the open-era record for most Grand Slam titles. She reached the Wimbledon singles final 12 times, including nine consecutive years from 1982 through 1990, and won the women’s singles title at Wimbledon a record nine times.

“All eras have their great players, but Martina straddled many eras as the greatest.”

-Billie Jean King

Winning the Australian Open mixed doubles final in 2003 with Leander Paes.

Her last grand slam title was US Open 2006 in which she won the mixed doubles final with Bob Bryan. She was 50 years old when she won this, yes, 50.

Her career records are:

1442–219 in Singles and 747–143 in Doubles. I don’t know if there is any other player who has played these many games.

He career lasted more than 30 years, yes, 30 years. Unbelievable stuff!

“I hope, when I stop, people will think that somehow I mattered.”

She sure did!

Well there are lot of athletes who have defied their age and did wonders and here is one of them

Joyce Smith:

She is a British former long distance runner was born in 1937,at the age of 31 she retired but she came back and broke the world record for 3000m in 1971 ,won bronze ,gold and silver in 1971,72,73 respectively in IAAF World Cross Country Championships,she reached the semi final of 1500m in Olympics,1972 and participated in various tournaments. In 1981, she won the first London Marathon 2:29:57, becoming the first British woman and the first woman over 40 to complete the distance in less than two and a half hours. In 1984 she became the oldest female Olympic athlete by running in the first woman olympic marathon and finished eleventh at the age of 46.

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes

Representing United Kingdom and England

1979 Tokyo Marathon Tokyo, Japan 1st Marathon 2:37:48

1980 Tokyo Marathon Tokyo, Japan 1st Marathon 2:30:27

1981 London Marathon London, United Kingdom 1st Marathon 2:29:57

1982 London Marathon London, United Kingdom 1st Marathon 2:29:43

1983 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 9th Marathon 2:34:27

1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States 11th Marathon 2:32:48

Source: Wikipedia

Asafa Powell

The Jamaican 34-year old sprinter who holds the record of breaking the 10-second barrier more than anyone else – 97 times. He held the world record for 100-m between June 2005 to May 2008 and having personal best of 9.72 s being the 5th fastest time in the history of the event. He was the part of gold medal winning 4*100m relay in Rio Olympics. Last year he ran 60m dash in 6.44 S, (WR 6.39s) in IAAF World indoor championship 2016, Portland at the age of 34.

Rafael Nadal.

Guy’s almost 31.
Guess what he’s playing?

The same, high-octane brand of tennis that most “experts” said he wouldn’t be able to rock once he reached his 30s.

Know why this is just as amazing as the 35 y.o. Federer — or even more?

  1. Federer plays the flippant brand of tennis buoyed by his serve.
  2. He’s never had any serious injuries or any such off-court hindrances.
  3. He took long to become relevant, going into overdrive at the age of 22. This certainly contributed towards a delayed decline.
  4. As great as he was for mauling his relatively weaker generation, he usually lost to Nadal in his prime — and won most of his slam titles on (physically) easier “fast surface slams” at Wimbledon and New York.
  5. To play without physical stress, he has to play risky, so his triumphs have been few and far between in the last 5 years. He beat Nadal — but I’m highly skeptical if he could’ve played the risky game he did on anything but that fast court the AO organizers prepared this year.

In contrast …

  1. Nadal plays you-know-what style, 100% on every point.
  2. He has a birth defect called Kohler’s feet (which is not caused by his style of play) in his left foot that has caused major interruptus. He also has various other complications in his knee that have been caused by the peculiarly-angled shoe-sole that is meant to correct the Kohler’s defect.
  3. He was the fastest player in the Open Era to go into career overdrive, at 18 — comparable to the precocious Bjorn Borg. This, and his physical complications, contributed towards an accelerated decline.
  4. He frequently beat Federer, Djokovic, Murray, and the whole Golden Generation to reach where he is now — even though the Djoker had the last laugh.
  5. Right now, he’s less potent over the course of a whole match than he used to be. But last week, he showed us he can still go toe-to-toe with young men-in-form like Alexandr Zverev and Grigor Dimitrov, playing their young man’s high-octane game as an “old” man.

    That’s insanely inspiring.

^As you can see, the years have clearly been harder on Rafa than Roger, and the fact that the indomitable Spaniard can still play a style of tennis that Roger couldn’t hope to sustain when he was nearing 31, is pretty convincing towards this answer.

If you don’t think all that’s age-defying, you can be sure you’re a Fedtard

Yeah, yeah, I’m on a bit of a consolation spree after his loss … but what I say is true nonetheless.

If you want a less biased, more objective answer:

Maybe Jan Ove Waldner or Lee Chong Wei.

Or perhaps, Martina Navratilova.
Yeah, Martina Navratilova.

Its this guy. Robert Marchand

A 105-year-old man has made history by cycling more than 14 miles round a track in an hour.

Robert Marchand set the first hour record in the over-100s category in 2012, then beat it himself two years later at the age of 102, when he covered more than 16 miles. While his distance in Wednesday’s ride was not as great as those two, the new over-105s category had been specially created for him to reflect the magnitude of his feat.

Cheered by hundreds of fans, the Frenchman completed 92 laps round the velodrome at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, near Paris.

“I did not see the sign warning me I had 10 minutes left,” said Marchand. “Otherwise I would have gone faster, I would have posted a better time. I’m now waiting for a rival.”

He is one of the best “age” defying athlete.

I would like to introduce you to a woman who is being referred to as ‘IRON NUN’ for her unbelievable achievements.

At 86 years of age she has broken records of people half her age!

Madonna Buder is a Catholic religious sister and a Senior Olympian Triathlete.

Buder has the current world record for the oldest person to ever finish an Ironman Triathlon, which she obtained at age 82 by finishing the Subaru Ironman Canada on August 26, 2012.

More on her Triathlon career:

Buder began training at age 48 at the behest of Father John who told her it was a way of tweaking, “mind, body, and spirit” and for the relaxation and calmness it can bring an individual. She completed her first triathlon at age 52 and first Ironman event at age 55 and has continued ever since.

Buder is well known in the Triathlon community for her achievements in age group races. She has completed over 325 triathlons including 45 Ironman Distances.

At the 2005 Hawaii Ironman, at age 75, the Iron Nun became the oldest woman ever to complete the race, finishing 1 hour before the 17-hour midnight cut-off time. At the 2006 Hawaii Ironman, at age 76, she again became the oldest woman ever to complete the race, finishing with a time of 16:59:03.

During her sporting career, Buder has worked hard at also raising money for various charities. She is quoted as saying, “I train religiously.”

On August 24, 2008, Buder participated in the Ironman race held in Penticon, Canada. She was unable to finish the race by a factor of seconds as she was unable to reach the finish line within the 17 hours cut-off limit. However, 371 days later, on August 30, 2009, Buder completed Ironman Canada (Penticton, British Columbia) in a time of 16:54:30. This accomplishment broke her own record of being the oldest female to complete the Ironman distance at 79 years old. In fact, the Ironman organization has had to add new age brackets as the sister gets older.

Unfortunately, although Buder started the 2010 Ironman Canada competition at the age of 80, she was unable to complete the course, due to a wetsuit issue.

She competed in the 2011 Ironman Canada competition but missed the bike cut-off by 2 minutes.

She was willing to compete in an Ironman triathlon again in 2012 as she wanted to open up an 80+ age category and be the oldest person, male or female, to finish an Ironman triathlon.

Buder thus became the overall Ironman world record holder in age at age 82 by finishing the Subaru Ironman Canada on August 26, 2012. She beat the record previously held by 81-year-old Lew Hollander who finished the Ironman Kona World Championship in 2011. Buder finished her race in 16:32:00 minutes beating Hollander’s time of 16:45:55 although they competed on different courses.

Hollander, Buder, and Bob Scott were 82 when they competed in the 2012 Ironman World Championship in Kona on October 13, 2012, but Buder and Scott did not finish the race.

Buder attended the Challenge Family inaugural year in Penticton BC, Canada on August 25, 2013 during the bike portion in a relay team finishing her portion of the Challenge in 7:38:45. At the Volunteer/Athlete Banquet held the next evening on August 26, 2013, Felix Walchshofer, CEO of Challenge Family Penticton, invited Buder to compete in Challenge Roth next year as a single Triathlete.

In 2014, Buder was inducted into the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame.

She runs to the church everyday.

She cycles everyday to go to a lake which is 40 miles from her house to swim.

So to conclude, this is a lady who has gone beyond all barriers and created history and proved that it doesn’t matter what your age is if you are totally focused and determined on your goal.

Source: Wikipedia

Thank you!

I am seeing names of many high profile athletes like Federer, Ibrahimovic , Navratilova, Giggs etc.

I respect all of them but let me tell about a unsung athlete.

Essam el-Hadary – The goalkeeper for Egypt national team is 44 years old and is playing currently in the Africa Cup Of Nations ( AFCON). Egypt are in the finals, majorly due to to him. He saved 2 penalties against Burkina Faso in the SF penalty shootout and has kept 4 clean sheets. He has excellent coordination with his defence line and has no retirement plans as of now.

PS – I am surprised that Gianluigi Buffon was not there in any answer

This guy Roger Federer the Swiss master…surely for this guy age is just a number…at the age of 35 no one can play the way he plays…can anyone imagine a 35 year old playing for almost 4hours with a slight injury and winning his 18th Grand Slam title…the Australian Open…he just did that few days back…he is a true example for a generation…he also reached Wimbledon Semi Final last year…only few can do that…

Another person who will join the list is this guy

Zlatan Ibrahimovic he is also 35 years old…its hard for a football player to maintain form in such age but this guy has proved everyone wrong…playing for United he broke the record of the oldest striker to score 15+ goals in Premier League in one season…till now he has scored 20+ goals and still going strong…

Another one player whom I cant miss out is Francesco Totti a true legend for Italian Football…40 years old but still a magician…a great player…sadly he is going to retire after this season…

There are so many other athletes…these are the 3 athletes who came to my mind…thanks for reading!!!

You’d have quite a few on this list.

Ryan Giggs, played for Manchester United till he was 39.

Edwin van der Sar, played in Goal for Manchester United when he was 40. He won the Champions League with them at the age of 38 and the Premier League at 40. Testament to how good he was.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, playing for Manchester United at 35, currently second on the Premier League scorers table.

Probably Michael Jordan. He was averaging almost 30 points per game in the NBA well into his late 30’s. This is an incredible feat, and he definitely was a threat even at the age of 36. Tom Brady would be my other option. He’s 39 years old and he’s still one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL. He’s really played well this season.

Jaromir Jagr. Plays with the Florida Panthers in the NHL. Started in 1990 and played in this years’ (2017) all-star game. At 44 is still playing with the kids at a really, really tough sport.

I think right at this moment, it’s very tough to look past Roger Federer, who just won his 18th Grand Slam singles title at the age of 35 (He’s old enough to be playing on the Seniors Tour!).

This isn’t totally out of the blue either – He has been reaching Grand Slam finals in the past few years leading up to this historic moment, and has been making it at least as far as the quarters extremely consistently for over 15 years.

To say he’s playing well at an old age is an understatement.

Gianluigi Buffon (football), Brad Hogg (cricket), John Stockton (basketball), Hank Aaron (baseball), Dara Torres (swimming), Randy Couture (MMA/UFC), George Foreman (boxing), Martina Navratilova (Lawn Tennis), Bernard Hopkins (Boxing), Diana Nyad (swimming), Jack Nicklaus (golf) and many more..

Buffon the goalkeeper of Juventus and Italy.

He has won a world cup and still continues to be impressive guiding Juventus to several trophies.

How about Stanley Matthews – played at the top level in England at the age of 50. He also played in a veterans international against Brazil at the age of 70!

I would have to say, the 100m sprinter that is Kim Collins. Setting world masters records and being very competitive at over 40 years old!