Meet Oksana Chusovitina, 41, competing at her seventh Olympic Games and the oldest ever female gymnast

Oksana Chusovitina is the oldest ever female Olympic gymnast Credit: Reuters

Meet Oksana Chusovitina. She is 41, competing at her seventh Olympic Games and now officially the oldest ever female gymnast.

The mother, from Uzbekistan, has represented three different national teams at the Games since 1992: the Unified Team (former Soviet Union), Germany and Uzbekistan.

Now married to a wrestler called Bakhodir, Chusovitina is the oldest female gymnast to ever compete at the Olympics.

Oksana Chusovitina has represented three different Olympic teams Credit: Reuters

At Barcelona '92, Chusovitina picked up her first and only Olympic gold medal when she was just 17.

In the early 2000s, Chusovitina moved to Cologne, Germany, after her young son was diagnosed with leukaemia.

She then went on to represent her adopted nation at the Games between 2006 and 2012, winning a silver medal on the vault at Beijing '08.

Throughout her Olympic career, she has also triumphed at the World and European Championships, and even returned to compete internationally after giving birth to her son.

Chusovitina representing Germany Credit: Reuters

While most gymnasts expect to compete at two, possibly three Olympic Games, Chusovitina is now enjoying her seventh in Rio.

For comparison - former Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci, who won three Olympic golds in 1976 in Montreal at just 14, retired five years later at 19.

Indeed, one of Chusovitina's team mates at the Barcelona Olympics is now her assistant coach.

You can next watch Chusovitina on August 11 in the women's individual all-around.