According to Inside The Games, the world’s oldest surviving Olympic champion, Sandor Tarics, died in San Fransisco at age 102. The exact cause of Tarics’ death has not been reported yet.
Tarics was a member of the Hungarian water polo team that defeated Germany at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. These Olympic Games were best known as propaganda for the Nazi regime, and many countries unsuccessfully attempted to have the Games relocated.
Tarics was also part of three Hungarian gold medal winning teams at the International University Games.
Tarics was born in 1913 in Hungary, and in 1949 he decided to escape the Soviet-controlled Hungary for a new life in the United States where he used his degree from Budapest University of Technology to earn a teaching fellowship.
Last year, Tarics informed the Hungarian Olympic Committee that he still swam and followed sports news in Hungary.
He also offered his support for Hungary’s bid to host the Olympics in 2024 in Budapest.
“I am glad Budapest and Hungary is bidding to host the Olympics in 2024 and I am keeping my fingers crossed that the bid will be successful,” he said. “I believe that sport is a field of life that creates harmony and friendship through competition.”
The oldest surviving Olympic champion is now believed to be Sir Sunward Knowles, who won the star class gold medal at the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 1964. The Bahama native sailor is 98 years old.