LONDON -- Alex Tarics, the oldest living Olympic champion in the world at 98, watched from the stands as his countrymen's bid for a fourth consecutive Olympic water polo title ended in the quarterfinals.

Tarics, who turns 99 in September, was a member of the Hungarian water polo team that won gold at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.

A Belvedere resident, he is still fit enough to fly from San Francisco to London, though he uses a walking stick. He gave up playing tennis only four years ago and still swims "a couple of times a week."

Tarics watched the Hungarians win gold four years ago in Beijing, but his countrymen lost to Italy, 11-9, in the quartersfinals at London Games.

"Even the greatest series have to end sometimes," he said. "Still, these guys are the best players in the world, and Hungary has quite a few talented players, so in Rio (2016) we will come back."

Asked whether he plans to attend the 2016 Olympics, he said, "Why not? It's not a matter of being more than 100 years old. It's a matter of being fit and I'm fit enough."



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