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Icelanders Tallest at London Olympics

The Icelandic Olympic team is the tallest team at the 2012 London Games. The average height of the Icelandic competitors is 190.9 cm.

handball-bronze-autographs_goArchive photo: The Icelandic national team in men’s handball sign autographs after winning the bronze medal at the 2010 European Championship. Photo by Geir Ólafsson.

The Guardian analyzed the height, weight and age of the 10,383 Olympians taking part in this year’s games.

According to the results, Iceland is followed by Serbia, whose team members have an average height of 186 cm, and Croatia, averaging 185 cm. The North Koreans are shortest with an average height of 162 cm.

Iceland also has one of the oldest teams with an average age of 28.3, 2.3 years above the overall average. There are 187 athletes aged 40 years and older, including Hiroshi Hoketsu, 71 years old, who competed in the dressage for Japan.

The youngest Olympian is Adzo Kpossi, aged 13, from Togo. The team from Laos, which consists of just three members, is the youngest with an average age of just 18.

Read the Guardian’s full analysis of this year’s contestants here.


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