Sándor Tarics, the world's oldest Olympic champion, who won a water polo gold medal at Berlin 1936, has died in San Francisco aged 102.
The Hungarian was a member of the team which beat Germany to gold due to a better goal difference in a round robin format in a Games best remembered for the promotion of the Nazi regime of Adolf Hitler.
Born in 1913, before the start of even World War One, Tarics was also part of three Hungarian gold medal winning teams at different editions of the International University Games.
In 1949, he left Soviet-occupied Hungary for a new life in United States, where his engineering degree from the Budapest University of Technology earned him a teaching fellowship.
He subsequently earned fame in his adopted country as a designer of earthquake-proof building technologies.
Tarics became the world's oldest living Olympic champion in 2011 following the death of Italian cyclist Attilio Pavesi.
He still drove a car with the California licence plate “Gold36" at the age of over 100.
He told the Hungarian Olympic Committee (MOB) last year that he still swam, enjoyed working on solving mathematical problems and monitored sports news in Hungary.
He also offered his backing for Budapest's ongoing bid for 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.
“I am glad Budapest and Hungary is bidding to host the Olympics in 2024 and I am keeping my fingers crossed that the bid will be successful," he said.
"I believe that sport is a field of life that creates harmony and friendship through competition.
"I think it is great when nations around the world compete with each other for a sports-related cause."
Tarics died in San Francisco, the MOB reported, citing information from his family.
His exact cause of death has not yet been reported.
Sir Durward Knowles, winner of star class gold medal at Tokyo 1964, is now thought to be the oldest Olympic champion alive.
The Bahamas-born sailor is 98.