Weekly Boffin no. 20

Whilst the age of 37 might be a distant dot in the Weekly Boffin rear view mirrors there is still life in the old dog. However, in sporting terms such an age is usually associated with words like "veteran" and "elder statesman". It didn't seem bother tennis great Roger Federer last weekend as he overcame popular opinion to claim his eighth Wimbledon singles title and his nineteenth grand slam crown overall. Federer himself said he didn't expect this latest triumph but even at his age the Swiss star is not the oldest Wimbledon champion. In 1909 Arthur Gore won the tournament at the age of 41. Impressive as these feats are, both Federer and Gore pale in comparison to some other age-defying sportsmen and women throughout history. At 100 years of age Fauja Singh became the oldest man to complete a marathon. Singh finished the Toronto Waterfront race in a little over 8 hours. Fame (if not not fortune) beckoned as Singh subsequently featured in an adidas commercial with both Muhammad Ali and David Beckham. If running a marathon wasn't enough the British centurion also holds age group records for the 200m, 400m, 800m, the mile AND 3000m. All of which were set within an incredible 94 minute time period. Even at half of Fauja Singh's age Bernard Hopkins' exploits are no less impressive. He improved his own record of being the oldest ever boxing world champion when retaining his light heavyweight title at 49. Not to be outdone, Japanese footballer Kazuyoshi Miura is still banging in the goals despite being 50. "King Kazu" signed his first professional contract in 1986 and is now the oldest player and goalscorer in professional leagues worldwide. Whilst the Weekly Boffin is in awe of the "mature" stars grabbing the headlines there are kids out there keen to get involved. Mauricio Baldivieso made his professional debut at TWELVE for Bolivian football team Aurora. Baldivieso was born in July 1996 and in October of the same year Hasan Raza made his first appearance for the Pakistan test cricket side. Raza was only 14! What does all this teach us? That you're never too old to get stuck in to something new and challenging. It's also taught us that we might well have wasted our lives and if you need us we'll be over here sobbing and eating ice cream.

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On This Day

On this day in 1545 King Henry VIII's flagship the Mary Rose sink at Portsmouth. This inadvertently entertained a generation of children in the 1980s as Blue Peter ran a series of shows about the boat's restoration* *It was both informative AND fun, don't judge us!

What's On

Take a ride on one of the world's fastest zip wires at London's Archbishops Park. The attraction is open until October and you can find out more detailshere.

Fact Of The Week

The average four-year-old asks 400 questions per day. If pushed we'd have said that from personal experience it is at least double that.