Taghi Askari is a 100-year-old Iranian athlete who has been competing in diving for over six decades. He first encountered the sport at a swimming pool near his childhood home in Iran, and it ignited a lifelong love of diving for him. Askari went on to win medals at the Asian Games and national titles in Iran.
At the 2024 World Championships, Askari performed an exhibition dive, marking two weeks until the World Aquatics Masters Championships where he will be the oldest competitor. According to Askari, he has had a love of diving since he was a teenager until today. “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!”
The sport of diving has changed hugely since Askari began competing. In his time, Chinese swimmers were known to improve by leaps and bounds, making it difficult for other competitors to keep up with them. However, Askari says that even though he stayed at the same level as when he started out, he still managed to achieve great success in his career.
The World Aquatics Masters Championships are open to participants aged over 25 and will be held shortly after the elite world championships. As an older athlete, Askari is excited to participate in this competition and showcase his skills once again on the world stage.