Quiz on sports prodigies

Joy Bhattacharjya | Updated on April 12, 2019 Published on April 12, 2019

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On this day in 1997, Tiger Woods became the youngest golfer to win the Masters Tournament. This week’s quiz is therefore on sporting prodigies.

Bright and young

1 Which well-known personality was a Wushu prodigy and was only 12 years old when he won the Chinese Wushu championship, beating competitors who were twice his age? Later, he represented his country on a trip to the US, where he met then President Richard Nixon.

2 When Hasan Raza became the youngest-ever test cricketer at 14 years and 227 days in 1997, whose record, set in 1959, did he break?

3 In the 1976 Olympics, 14 year-old Nadia Comăneci became the first gymnast to be awarded a perfect 10. On which apparatus did she achieve this feat?

4 In January 2019, which sporting landmark did D Gukesh — only 12 years 7 months and 17 days at the time — achieve? He was the youngest Indian and the second youngest in the world to have accomplished the feat.

5 In 1996, who became the youngest Grand Slam champion of all time when she teamed with Helena Suková to win the women’s doubles title? She was 15 years and 9 months old at the time.

6 In 2002, the ESPN broadcast a high-school basketball game after 13 years. The match garnered over 1.67 million viewers, making it one of the highest rated shows on ESPN 2. Who or what was special about the game?

7 In 1961, who was declared a ‘national treasure’ by his nation’s President Janio Quadros so that he could not be poached by the top international clubs ahead of the 1962 FIFA World Cup?

8 Thirteen-year-old Ralph Flanagan was the youngest swimmer to represent the US in the 1932 Olympic Games. In 2000, who became the second youngest at the age of 15, but failed to win a medal with a best of fifth place in the 200-metres butterfly?

9 In 2018, Kagiso Rabada became the youngest bowler to take 150 wickets in Test cricket, at 23 years and 50 days. Which Indian cricketer's record did he beat? If it helps, they played against each other in this year’s IPL.

10 At 13 years and 268 days, Marjorie Gerstring is still the youngest person to win a gold medal in the Summer Olympic Games. In which discipline did she win her medal in 1936?


1 Jet Li, the action film star

2 Mushtaq Mohammad; four of the five Mohammad brothers played for their country, Pakistan

3 The uneven bars. She went on to get six more 10s in the competition

4 Chess Grandmaster. Sergey Karjakin, who was 17 days younger, holds the record

5 Martina Hingis. She was just 12 when she won the French Open junior title

6 It was Lebron James’s first live appearance on sports television

7 Pele. Real Madrid, Juventus and Manchester United were all trying to sign him and Inter Milan even had a contract with Santos, Pele’s football club, before the decree came

8 Michael Phelps, who went on to win 23 Olympic Gold medals in his career

9 Harbhajan Singh, who took 23 years and 106 days to reach the landmark

10 Diving; she won the gold in the three-metre springboard diving contest

Joy Bhattacharjya is a quizmaster;

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Published on April 12, 2019
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