10 Youngest Champions In Sporting History

It’s true that some people are born naturally talented. Few are lucky enough to recognize their talent, their gift, mould a career out of it, create a life around it. The following 10 athletes are among the lucky few. They’ve created some of the most impressive and memorable records in sporting history.

Youngest Champions of Sports
Youngest Champions In Sports History

Most of the sportsmen here have flourished in their particular sports, but a few have dwindled due to some unfortunate event or the other. None-the-less, they are all, incredibly inspiring.

10 Youngest Champions In Sporting History

10. Ian Thorpe (Australia)

Ian Thorpe
Ian Thorpe – Youngest Champions of Swimming

Thorpe was named as the most successful athlete at the 2000 Summer Olympics. When Thrope was 14 he represented Australia – youngest male ever to do that – and won the 400 metre freestyle at the Perth World Championships in 1998. In 1997 Thrope along with teammates won silver at the  Pan Pacific Championships becoming the youngest ever Pan Pacific medallist. Thrope is also the youngest male swimmer who’s been named the Swimming World Swimmer of the Year.

9. Ronnie O’Sullivan (England)

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Ronnie O’Sullivan – Youngest Champions of Pool

Famously called ‘The Rocket’ O’Sullivan an English professional snooker player is regarded by many as the greatest naturally gifted snooker player ever. He showed promise at the age of 10 when he made his first century break. Then, at 15 years of age he made his first maximum break. A year later he began playing professionally and earned the above nickname owing to his rapid playing style. At 17 he won the 1993 UK Championship and made a record – still sustains it – for being youngest player ever to win a professional ranking tournament. At 19 he won the Masters in 1995.

8. Mike Tyson (United States)

Mike Tyson
Mike Tyson – Youngest Champions of Boxing

Michael Gerard Mike Tyson is the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. Nicknamed ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’, ‘Iron Mike’ and others, Tyson began his promising career on March 6, 1985 at 18 years of age. He fought frequently and won 26 out of the first 28 matches of his career. On November 22, 1986 Iron Mike’s fight was telecasted. In that fight, within the second round Tyson won the World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight championship. He was 20 years and 4 months old then.

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