The oldest gymnast is Johanna Quaas (b. 20 November 1925, Germany) who, at the age of 86 years, was still a regular competitor in the amateur competition Landes-Seniorenspiele, staged in Saxony, Germany. Her record was certified 12 April 2012.
She performed a floor-and-beam routine on the set of Lo Show dei Record in Rome, Italy, on that date, in the presencen of a pair of Guinness World Records adjudicators.
Landes-Seniorenspiele is an amateur competition organised biannually by the "Landessportbund Sachsen", which is the umbrella organisation of all sports clubs of the federal state of Saxonia. Johanna can still perform cartwheels at the age of 86!
As for any secrets to her success?
"My secret is a well-rounded, healthy diet," Johanna confessed. "I make sure not to eat too much or too little, and I eat plenty of greens!"
Comments below may relate to previous holders of this record.