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Australia’s oldest Olympian Dickinson dies aged 98

October 8, 2013

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia’s oldest Olympian Basil Dickinson, who competed in the triple jump at the 1936 Berlin Games, has died. He was 98.

The Australian Olympic Committee on Wednesday said Dickinson died at his home in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, on Monday.

The AOC said Dickinson was one of 33 Australians who competed at Berlin and took 41 days to reach Europe by ship. The Australians had a live kangaroo mascot called “Aussie” on board with them.

AOC president John Coates said Dickinson will be remembered “for the standards he set for the Olympians who followed over the next 70 years. He was a credit to his sport and the country in general.”

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