At the 2016 Summer Olympics, Anthony Ervin won gold in the 50m freestyle, the same event he won gold in at the 2000 Summer Olympics. This marks 16 years between gold medal wins.

Has there been a longer gap between gold medal wins by the same person in an individual event? If so, how long is the longest gap in Olympic history?

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    Well, not a gold medal, but this New Zealand horseman, Mark Todd, went 28 years between medals (bronze in 2012, some other medal in 1984).
    – Nick
    Commented Aug 23, 2016 at 12:30
  • @NicholasV. That's incredible. However, he did win some medals in between those 28 years (1988 to 2012 for team eventing would still be an impressive 24 years, but that's not an individual event).
    – user527
    Commented Aug 23, 2016 at 12:35

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Sir Mark James Todd is a New Zealand horseman noted for his accomplishments in the discipline of eventing. Although he didnt win the gold medals, he holds the record for longest time between two medals and thats still really impresive

Aladár Gerevich (16 March 1910 in Jászberény – 14 May 1991 in Budapest) was a fencer from Hungary, regarded as "the greatest Olympic swordsman ever". He holds the record for the longest time between two gold medals. He won his first 1932 Los Angeles and last 1960 Rome. He does not fit your question 100% because he won multiple gold medals during that 28 year period

Birgit Fischer (born February 25, 1962) is a German kayaker, who has won eight gold medals over six different Olympic Games, first being in 1980 Moscow representing East Germany and the last one in 2004 Athens.

I believe Anthony Ervin is the only sportsman/woman who won two golds in such a long time span.


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