• Sir Durward Knowles and partner Cecil Cooke celebrate upon returning to the Bahamas after winning the country's first Olympic gold medal with victory in the Star class at Tokyo 1964 ©BOC
    Sir Durward Knowles and partner Cecil Cooke celebrate upon returning to the Bahamas after winning the country's first Olympic gold medal with victory in the Star class at Tokyo 1964 ©BOC
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Sir Durward Knowles, who had been the world's oldest living Olympic gold medallist, has died at the age of 100, it has been announced.

The Bahamian, a former sailor who won an Olympic gold medal in the Star class at Tokyo 1964, died in hospital in Nassau on Saturday (February 24) due to kidney failure.

He had been admitted to hospital earlier in the week. 

The death of Sir Durward, who reached 100 last November, was announced as the Winter Olympic Games ended here. 

Nicknamed "Seawolf", Sir Durward had been introduced to sailing by his father. 

Sir Durward’s first major international competition was in 1946 when he finished third in the World Championships in Havana in Cuba. The following year, along with his crew Sloan Farrington, he won the World Championship in Los Angeles.

The Bahamas had no Olympic team of its own so for London 1948 Sir Durward and Farrington represented Britain after travelling to England and winning their trials.  

The pair finished fourth, having suffered a broken mast in one race and a disqualification in another, thereby accumulation points in just four of the six-race series. 

Sir Durward's place in Bahamian history was assured when he with Farrington as crew, succeeded in winning their country’s first Olympic medal, a bronze at Melbourne 1956.

He ultimately claimed the top Olympic prize in 1964 when he won the gold with Cecil Cooke as crew at Tokyo 1964.

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