Taghi Askari, a 100-year-old Iranian diver, prepares to take the plunge at the 2024 World Aquatics Championships in Doha, Qatar. His love for diving began as a teenager when he saw other children somersaulting into the water at a swimming pool near his childhood home. Since then, Askari has won medals at the Asian Games and national titles in Iran and will be competing at the upcoming World Aquatics Masters Championships.
“I have always loved diving,” Askari said. “Nothing has changed between 1951 and now, except my performance!” He first encountered diving at a swimming pool near his childhood home in Iran where other children were somersaulting into the water. The sport has changed significantly since then, with Chinese swimmers improving by leaps and bounds. However, Askari remains determined to compete and will be among the competitors at the World Aquatics Masters Championships – a competition held shortly after the elite world championships open to participants aged over 25.