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Wish her luck: the Jewish gymnast, Agnes Kelti, celebrates 102 | Israel today


The decorated athlete is considered the oldest living Olympic champion • won five gold medals in the Olympic Games, and ten in total

Agnes Kelti, the most decorated Jewish Olympic gymnast of all time and winner of the 2017 Israel Prize for Sports and Physical Education celebrates her 102th birthday today (Monday)!

Kelty, who is considered the oldest living Olympic champion, won 10 Olympic medals for her native Hungary.

Of these, she won five gold medals: one at the Olympic Games in Helsinki in 1952, when she was 31 years old, and four in Melbourne in 1956. She also has three silver medals and two bronze medals in her medal cabinet. 

At the World Championships held in Rome in 1954, Kelti was crowned world champion in the parallel bars and also won silver (team) and bronze medals in the beam exercise. 

In 1957, the fifth Maccabiah came to Israel for the games, after which she immigrated to Israel.

In 1960, as an Olympic coach, Kelty led three gymnasts to the Olympic Games in Rome: Ruthie Ables (Feld), Miriam Kara (Noy) and Reli Ben Yehuda (Bar Goren).

Kelti also established the first team for gymnastics performances that represented Israel in the European Gymnastrads (festivals of gymnastics performances) starting in 1964. 

Agnes Kelty holds a photo of herself, who competed in the Olympic Games as a youth, photo: AP

Two years ago, who celebrated her 100th birthday - she received many blessings from all over the world, but one of the blessings that moved her the most was from the legendary Romanian gymnast, Nadia Comanche, who wrote on her Twitter: "One of the greatest Jewish athletes of all time is celebrating her 100th birthday, luck Good. It is an honor for me to congratulate you, you had an amazing life. You showed us that you are a fighter and that you are a very special and determined person. Everyone loves and appreciates you. You inspired me when I was a child."

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Source: israelhayom

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