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Trivia Q & A » Q. Who was the oldest athlete to take gold in an individual event at the championships? A. Steffi Nerius. Nerius was 37 at the time of the championships and won gold in the women's javelin throw. Nerius had taken bronze in each of the previous three world championships, and took silver at the 2004 Athens Olympics. Her title in 2009 was her first win at a global championships.

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