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100-Year-Old Diver Ready to Compete at World Aquatics Masters Championships: Taghi Askari’s Love of Diving Endures Time and Progress

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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

Dive Master: Taghi Askari

Taghi Askari, a 100-year-old Iranian, prepared for his next dive at the 2024 World Aquatics Masters Championships in Doha, Qatar. He won silver and bronze medals at the first-ever Asian Games in 1951 and has never lost his passion for diving. His exhibition dive on Friday marked two weeks until the World Aquatics Masters Championships where he will be the oldest competitor. “I have had a love of diving since I was a teenager until today,” said Askari to World Aquatics. “Nothing has changed between 1951 and now, except my performance!”

Askari’s love of diving began when he encountered it at a swimming pool near his childhood home in Iran where other children were somersaulting into the water. Since then, he has won medals at national titles in Iran and the Asian Games. In an interview with CNN, he said, “When I was competing at a national level the last championships I did was when I was 41 years old,” he said. “I achieved a gold medal at the national level, and after that, I said goodbye to the sport, but at least with a gold medal.”

Over time, diving has changed dramatically with Chinese swimmers leading the way in improvement. However, Askari is undeterred by these changes and is looking forward to competing against them in Doha. The World Aquatics Masters Championships are open to participants aged over 25 and will be held shortly after the elite world championships.

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