Meet Rio’s Youngest Olympian, Swimmer Gaurika Singh From Nepal

Nepalese swimmer Gaurika Singh is set to be the youngest competitor at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Representing Nepal in the sport of swimming, Singh is just 13 years old.

The young teenager already has international racing experience, having competed at last year’s World Championships. In Kazan, Singh finished 81st in the women’s 100m freestyle and 58th in the 100m backstroke. Remarkably, even Singh wasn’t the youngest at that competition. 10-year-old Alzain Tareq from Bahrain was the youngest to swim at a World Championships.

“I wanted to go [to Rio] but wasn’t sure I’d be able to because I’d be too young,”says Singh. (

As far as an Olympic Games, there is no age minimum for swimmers having achieved Olympic-qualifying times. Singh be contesting the women’s 100m backstroke, an event in which she holds Nepal’s National Record (1:07.31).

While competing in Kathmandu for Nepal’s National Championships last April, Singh was present when a massive earthquake hit the region, resulting in approximtely 9,000 deaths.

“It was terrifying,” said Singh, who was in Nepal with her mother and little brother Sauren. “We were on the fifth floor of a building that we couldn’t escape from, so we sheltered under a table for 10 minutes in the middle of the room and had to go down the stairs afterwards amid the aftershocks.”

“Fortunately, it was a new building so it did not collapse like others around.” (

Singh takes to the Rio pool on Sunday for heats of the women’s 100m backstroke.

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This is the best of what the games represent…not every Olympian is gunning for gold medals and international stardom. Best of luck to the young Ms. Singh, you are doing your country proud!


I agree that it’s good to see a variance in competition but I also think it’s important to keep the Olympics elite. It’s a great experience for her but I believe the Olympics can’t become an all inclusive event where if you complete an event you get to attend because your country doesn’t have a large infrastructure. Still I wish you the best of luck.


IE: Eric the Eeel/Paula Barila Bolopa


But, Louie, she has achieved the Olympic qualifying times, so she has every right to be there, she is an elite. If she didn’t have the cut time, then no. but She she did…she’s entirely qualified to be there. I wish her the very best.


I wanted to know her times.


National Record 1:07.3. Hahaha what’s that? A Speedo Sectional cut here? Lmao


That’s the 58th best timing in qualifiers in the planet last year. So why is that LMAO?


Not sure where you got this stat from but you need to get your facts straight Enrique. There were 155 American women who swam faster times than this just at trials…


According to USA Swimming, there are approximately 41 registered female swimmers, age 13 or lower, with times faster than 1:07.30 this LCM season. The OST B cut is 1:02.36. Like the young lady from Bahrain in last year’s Worlds, this is nothing more than a feel good story. Great experience for this young lady. Hopefully, it helps propel her to achieve more in her life.

Tenzing Norbu

So why didn’t they all qualify for Olympics? For your kind information she is not a wild card entry, but she qualified and was in fact stood 58 in FINA world championships on doing so. And the kid from baharine is a boy. So you need to get your point straight here.


You dumbass he’s talking about 41 were faster than this girl not a 1:02.3


I’m not talking about 13 year olds, I’m talking about open. There are girls on my own team that go that, so let’s not flip out about this girl. That’s why lmoa

Tenzing Norbu

So you could not to any better in your life that’s why you are crying out loud here. I feel really bad about your life. Yeah I know when you can’t do any better with your life you whine a lot. Get jealous with 13 years old who did better than you in your life. Oh man I feel bad for you now. May god help you with your future. May you win local competitions. PEACE

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