Older Than Félix Sienra

Last week, we looked at all of the “possibly living” Olympians born before the former Oldest Olympian, John Lysak. As we have mentioned in the past, there are approximately 2000 Olympians, non-starters, and demonstration event competitors born between 1910 and 1930 for whom we have no confirmation on whether they are alive or deceased. In addition, there are 427 individuals who participated in the Games in 1928, 1932, and 1936 for whom we have no information on their date, or even year, of birth. Today we want to focus on a small subset of those 2000, the 72 who were born between Lysak and the Olympian currently believed to be the oldest living, Félix Sienra. Seven were non-starters, so to shorten the list just a little, we are going to look at the remaining 65 by year of birth. Astute readers may notice one more omission, that of Jaroslav Volak, who was the oldest Olympic medalist with an uncertain living status. We received information to indicate that he was deceased (albeit without a specific date), and thus we were able to remove him from the list.

It should be noted that discussing these individuals in no way represents any belief on the part of Oldest Olympians that these athletes are still alive; we simply cannot confirm that they are deceased. In fact, we find it highly unlikely that any Olympian who is between the age of 104 and 106 would have somehow escaped our attention completely. It remains, however, an important caveat and is always a possibility: language barriers, poor media coverage of older athletes, and desire for privacy from a generation when the Games were not as big as they are now all contribute to the chance that someone may have eluded our radar. In the past, several Olympic centenarians have reached that milestone with little public, sometimes not being revealed until their death. We feel, therefore, that it is important to share this list to make our research methods a little more public and subject to scrutiny, perhaps solving a case or two along the way.

Santiago Massini represented Argentina in four fencing events across two editions of the Olympic Games, in 1952 and 1956.

1914

Name Nation Sport Birthday
Yukie Arata Japan Swimming October 25 1914
Antonio Cuba Peru Athletics December 10 1914
Norio Fujimura Japan Sailing November 14 1914
Jihei Furusho Japan Water polo December 15 1914
Vítězslav Hloušek Czechoslovakia Basketball October 31 1914
Masaru Kashiwahara Japan Rowing October 30 1914
Emmanouil Mallidis Greece Swimming 1914
Sayed Masoud Egypt Weightlifting November 15 1914
Santiago Massini Argentina Fencing August 20 1914
Iwao Masuda Japan Athletics December 25 1914
Eusebio Ojeda Chile Rowings 1914
František Prokop Czechoslovakia Sport shooting September 131914
Panagiotis Provatopoulos Greece Swimming and water polo 1914
Edgar Ramsay South Africa Rowing October 20 1914
Joaquim Sampaio Portugal Sport shooting August 30 1914
Osamu Takechi Japan Field hockey 1914
Sotirios Vatanidis Greece Wrestling 1914
Gretl Weikert Austria Alpine skiing September 25 1914
Hideichi Yoshioka Japan Wrestling September 10 1914
Zou Wenzhi China Basketball 1914

Hatsuko Morioka represented Japan in four swimming events across two editions of the Games, in 1932 and 1936.

1915

Name Nation Sport Birthday
Luis Aguirrebeña Chile Water polo August 26 1915
Basilio Álvez Uruguay Boxing July 11 1915
Sayed Ali Babaci Afghanistan Field hockey March 12 1915
Karel Brandstätter Czechoslovakia Rowing February 5 1915
Pierre Carlier Switzerland Basketball December 3 1915
José Castro Uruguay Water polo February 19 1915
Petre Cișmigiu Romania Sport shooting June 12 1915
Max Colli Austria Rowing December 5 1915
Manuel Consiglieri Peru Athletics November 15 1915
José D'Andrea Argentina Fencing November 26 1915
Ali Erfan Egypt Wrestling March 18 1915
Michihiro Ito Japan Field hockey March 20 1915
Takeo Ito Japan Field hockey January 5 1915
Vilém Jakl Czechoslovakia Cycling February 22 1915
Torajiro Kataoka Japan Water polo Febraury 7 1915
Karel Kuhn Czechoslovakia Basketball September 14 1915
Kyu-Hwan Lee Japan Boxing February 14 1915
Werner Lehmann Switzerland Swimming August 18 1915
Nemanja Marković Yugoslavia Sport shooting July 7 1915
Juan Ángel Martini Sr. Argentina Sport shooting December 28 1915
Jan Matoušek Czechoslovakia Rowing April 19 1915
Spyridon Mavrogiorgos Greece Swimming 1915
Mitsuo Mizutani Japan Wrestling October 5 1915
Estevão Molnar Brazil Fencing August 26 1915
Hatsuko Morioka Japan Swimming June 22 1915
Armando Moutinho Portugal Water polo January 4 1915
Uichi Munakata Japan Basketball November 26 1915
Junko Nishida Japan Athletics November 3 1915
Lidoro Oliver Argentina Boxing September 18 1915
Reiko Osawa Japan Diving November 28 1915
Konstantinos Pantazis Greece Athletics 1915
Denise Parmentier Belgium Gymnastics January 5 1915
Raúl Rodríguez Argentina Boxing November 26 1915
Gamal El-Din Sabri Egypt Basketball June 21 1915
Pedro Simão Brazil Sport shooting August 16 1915
Hiroshi Tanaka Japan Athletics June 29 1915
Fidel Tricánico Uruguay Boxing January 21 1915
Jaime Ucar Uruguayl Fencing September 24 1915
Johanna Vancura Austria Athletics July 20 1915
Sadako Yamamoto Japan Athletics July 14 1915
Günther Zobernig Austria Swimming December 5 1915

Khushi Ram represented India in the gymnastics tournament at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics and was still alive at an Olympic reunion in October 2003.

1916

Name Nation Sport Birthday
Arno Franzen Brazil Rowing January 14 1916
Khushi Ram India Gymnastics January 15 1916
José Roger Argentina Sport shooting January 20 1916
Abderrahman Sebti Morocco Fencing January 9 1916

For our next entry, we will be looking into the non-starter and demonstration event Olympians that we skipped in the last two posts. We hope that you will join us!

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