100-Year-Old Taghi Askari Makes a Splash at the World Aquatics Championships

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 getting ready to dive at the World Aquatics Masters Championships in Doha, Qatar. CNN

Taghi Askari has never lost his passion for diving since he first encountered it as a teenager at a swimming pool near his childhood home in Iran. He went on to win medals at the Asian Games and national titles in Iran and won a silver and bronze medal at the first-ever Asian Games in 1951. Fast forward to 2024 and his exhibition dive at the 2024 World Championships marked two weeks until the World Aquatics Masters Championships where he will be the oldest competitor. “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!” Askari told World Aquatics. Since then, the sport has changed hugely with Chinese swimmers entering and improving by a lot, but Askari still hopes to compete at the highest level again.

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