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Diving Through the Decades: 100-Year-Old Taghi Askari Gears Up for World Championships

ByEditor

Feb 12, 2024
100-year-old showcases skills with an exhibition dive at the 2024 Doha World Championships in preparation for the World Aquatics Masters Championships

100-year-old Taghi Askari is gearing up to dive at the World Aquatics Masters Championships in Doha, Qatar. The Iranian has been competing in diving since he was a teenager and has never lost his passion for the sport. He won silver and bronze medals at the first-ever Asian Games in 1951 and will be the oldest competitor at the upcoming championships.

Askari first encountered diving at a swimming pool near his childhood home in Iran where other children were somersaulting into the water. Since then, he has won numerous medals at both the national and international level, including a gold medal at the national championships when he was 41 years old. The Iranian will be among the competitors at the World Aquatics Masters Championships – a competition held shortly after the elite world championships open to participants aged over 25.

When asked about his experience competing in diving over the years, Askari said, “For me, I have had a love of diving since I was a teenager until today. I have always loved diving. Nothing has changed between 1951 and now, except my performance!” He added that by the time of the games in Tehran in 1974, Chinese swimmers had entered diving and they improved significantly, making it difficult for him to keep up with them. However, he remains determined to compete once again on an international stage and showcase his skills to fans around the world.

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