Chusovitina makes Olympic history

Uzbekistan gymnast Oksana Chusovitina will make Olympic history at Rio by being the oldest female gymnast to ever take part in the Games.

At the age of 41-years-old she will be taking part in her seventh Games and is one of only two female gymnasts to compete at the Olympics under three different national teams: the Unified Team in 1992; Uzbekistan in 1996, 2000 and 2004; and Germany in 2008 and 2012. She will once again be representing Uzbekistan at the Rio Games.

She represented the Soviet Union as a 13-year-old winning the 1988 USSR Junior Nationals in 1988 and began competing at the international level in 1989.  

In an interview with The Associated Press, Chusovitina said she was feeling ahead of the Games.

"I am feeling good," she said. "On the podium, everyone is the same whether you are 40 or 16. You have to go out and do your routine and your jumps.

"But it's a pity there are no points for age," she added.

Her best chance for a medal is the vault, having won 10 medals at the world championships in the vault plus a silver at the 2008 Beijing Games.

"I don't know how I stay fit, I think you have to ask my mother," she added. "I love this sport, I love training, I am always eager to train."

She will be taking part in the following events:

August 7:
Women's uneven bars
Women's beam 
Women's vault 
Women's floor exercise 
Women's individual all-around