Birthday special: Interesting trivia on oldest achievers in sports

Oct 18, 2014, 05:32 IST | A Correspondent

On 18-time Grand Slam singles title winner Martina Navratilova's birthday, we bring you some interesting facts of sports stars who were achievers in the later phase of their career.

Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova

  • Martina Navratilova won the US Open mixed doubles title at the age of 49 making her the oldest female winner of any Grand Slam.

  • After his 39th birthday in 1991, Jimmy Connors became the oldest tennis player to appear in a US Open semi final. He lost the game to Jim Courier.

  • Roger Milla became the oldest footballer to play in a FIFA World Cup when he appeared for Cameroon in 1994 at the age of 42.

  • Ice hockey player Gordie Howe became the oldest NHL player when he appeared for Hatford Whalers in 1980 at the age of 52.

  • Satchel Paige made his Major League baseball debut in 1948 for the Cleveland Indians at the age of 42.

  • George Foreman became the oldest heavyweight boxing champion in 1994 at the age of 45.

  • Julius Boros became the oldest player to win a golf major title when he won the 1968 PGA championship aged 48.

  • Swimmer Dana Torres bagged 3 silver medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics at the age of 41.

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