9 Oct 2013

Australia's oldest Olympian dies

3:42 pm on 9 October 2013

Australia's oldest surviving Olympian Basil Dickinson, who competed in triple jump at the 1936 Berlin Games, has died at age 98.

As a 21-year-old, Dickinson was one of 33 Australian athletes to compete at the 1936 Berlin Games, known at the time as "Hitler's Games", before the outbreak of the Second World War.

The team, many of whom had to save 200 pounds to make the trip to Germany, sailed for 41 days to get to Europe.

The Australians declined to give the Nazi salute as they passed Hitler's box during the Opening Ceremony, though they had been advised to do so by the German organisers.