The death has taken place of the oldest living Olympic champion and Irish athlete, Bob Tisdall, winner of the 400 metres hurdles at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1932.

Mr Tisdall, who grew up in Nenagh and Dromineer in Co Tipperary, was born in Ceylon - now Sri Lanka - on May 16 1907.

At the same Olympic Games another Irishman, Pat O'Callaghan won the first of his two Olympic gold medals in the hammer.

Mr Tisdall was educated at Cambridge University and served as an army officer in South Africa during World War II.

At the age of 93  he jogged  500 yards with the Olympic torch on its route to the  2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. 

In September 2002 a life sized bronze statue of Tisdall and two other Olympic champions with Nenagh roots, Johnny Hayes and Matt McGrath, was unveiled in the town  by  the 1956 15,000 metres champion, Ronnie Delany.

Filed by Barry McEneaney