BELVEDERE (CBS SF) — A Belvedere man is the world’s oldest living Olympic gold medalist.

98-year old Alex Tarics particpated in the Berlin games in 1936, helping the Hungarian team win gold in water polo.

Born Sándor Tarics on September 23, 1913 in Budapest, Tarics started playing water polo as a teen.

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76-years after winning gold in Berlin, Tarics was set to travel to watch the London games, and meet athletes from his native Hungary.

Tarics was the youngest player on the water polo team, and played in two matches, scoring two goals, according to a Wikipedia entry.

He left Europe in 1941 for a Harvard-sponsored traveling fellowship in the U.S.

After landing a job with a California architecture and engineering firm, Tarics helped design various Bay Area buildings.

Tarics still swims at the Belvedere Tennis Club. He also attended the 1992 Olympic games in Barcelona, and the 2008 games in Beijing.

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