Oldest Living Olympic Champion Keleti Turns 99

Ágnes Keleti, the most successful Hungarian female athlete of all time, winner of ten Olympic medals – five gold, three silver and two bronze medals at three Olympics between 1948-1956, was celebrated again by her family, many friends and several media companies as she turned 99.

At the age of 35, Keleti won four gold medals and two silvers, winning three of the four individual events – floor, bars and balance beam – and placing second in the all-around.

Her excellent result made her the top medalist of the Melbourne Games and the oldest female gymnast ever to win gold.

Ágnes Keleti also a Holocaust survivor has lived in Israel since 1957 and returned to Budapest a few years ago after living for decades in Israel.

Keleti has been given series of prestigious awards in Hungary and Israel, including being one of Hungary’s Top 12 “Athletes of the Nation” since 2004 and getting the Israel Prize, considered as the state’s highest honor, in 2017.


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