TAGHI ASKARI diving champion aged 100

He won silver and gold at the first ever Asian Games in 1951 – before retiring as Iran’s national champion in 1983. Now he’s returned to the sport on another big stage – to the delight of a crowd in Qatar. Askari leapt off the 3m springboard in a special display marking a two-week countdown to the World Aquatics Masters Championships in Doha. He was given a medal for his achievement – and insists his love for diving is as great as ever. Not surprisingly Askari is the oldest person in the pool at the Masters. And he warmed up for his comeback by explaining his pride at his achievements, as well as his motivation for doing it all again.