Sándor Tarics

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The native form of this personal name is Tarics Sándor. This article uses the Western name order when mentioning individuals.
Olympic medal record
Men's Water Polo
Gold medal – first place 1936 Berlin Team competition

Sándor Tarics (23 September 1913 – 21 May 2016) was a Hungarian water polo player who won a gold medal in the 1936 Summer Olympics.


Born in Budapest, Tarics was part of the Hungarian team which won the gold medal, pushing Germany into second.[1] He played two matches, and scored two goals. He also won gold medals with the Hungarian team at the 1933, 1935 and 1937 International University Games as well as the unofficial, German-led 1939 International University Games.[2] He was able to escape post-war Soviet-occupied Hungary when his engineering degree earned him a teaching fellowship at an American university.[which?] He went on to establish and grow a successful architecture and engineering practice in San Francisco, California.[1]

Tarics attended the 2012 London Olympics as the oldest living Olympic champion[1] and turned 100 in September 2013.[3] Following the death of Attilio Pavesi,[4] Tarics was the oldest living Olympic champion.[1][5]

Tarics died in San Francisco, United States, on 21 May 2016 at the age of 102.[6]

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