BELVEDERE, September 25, 2013 - The Hungarian Olympic Committee recently organized a special
ceremony for Sandor Tarics, the world’s oldest Olympic Champion, who celebrated
his 100th birthday on September 23, 2013. The unforgettable celebration was
held near his home in Belvedere, close to San Francisco.
Bence Szabo, General Secretary of the Hungarian Olympic
Committee and two-time Olympic fencer, spoke about the gold medalist of the
1936 Berlin Olympic Games, who was a member of the winning Hungarian water polo
team. Szabo mentioned Tarics as his Olympic companion.
While guests were giving presents, emotions grew bigger and
stronger. The celebrated legend received a special Hungarian national bathrobe
with his name on it, vests, and wine (an award-winning Tokaji from 1994).
Dr. Denes Kemeny, president of the Hungarian Water Polo
Federation, said to be proud of the fact that the world's oldest Olympic
champion is a Hungarian water polo player.
“Maybe, it is a surprise for lots of people that such a
little nation like Hungary has the oldest Olympic champion. The fact he is a
water polo player is rather less surprising, because every fourth Hungarian
gold medal winner is an Olympic Champion in this sport,” added the former head coach,
who won three Olympic gold medals with the Hungarian men’s water polo team from
Dr. Kemeny said Tarics was the typical Hungarian water polo
player, who considered learning very important and as a result of his studies,
Tarics became a famous architect. Dr. Kemeny gave Tarics a very unique gift, a
special tableau with pictures of all nine Hungarian Olympic champion water polo
teams, with Sandor Tarics in the middle.
Kemeny invited Tarics to next year’s European Water Polo
Championships, which will be held in Budapest, and the 2021 World
Championships, which were awarded to Budapest as well.
Having finished the
memorable party with his friends, Tarics drove home in his Mercedes, with a
GOLD 36 plate number on it.