Paris 2024 Olympic Games: Charles Coste, the oldest Olympic champion, celebrated his 100th birthday in Bois-Colombes

He wouldn’t necessarily have thought of crossing that finish line, even though he was never afraid on a bike. But finally, Charles Coste, the oldest French Olympic champion, celebrated his 100th birthday this Thursday at the town hall of Bois-Colombes (Hauts-de-Seine), town where he has lived for around fifteen years. For a long time, Charles Coste was this somewhat forgotten Olympic cycling team pursuit champion, crowned at the London Games in 1948.

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When Le Parisien – Today in France found him, at the time of the attribution of the 2024 Games to Paris, he told us of the regret of his life: not having had the Legion of Honor as the Olympic champions yet receive automatically. But this rule was only enacted in 1952. This request relayed by our newspaper in the world of sport ended up affecting a man, Tony Estanguet, the president of the Paris Olympics Organizing Committee (Cojo). And on April 13, 2022, at Cojo headquarters, Charles Coste received the tribute he deserved. Born on February 8, 1924, he knew the symbol represented by his centenary, the year of the Games. “I will do everything to get there,” he promised a few months ago. Promise kept.


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