Guo Jie, Chinese Olympic athlete, Died at 103

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Guo Jie was born on January 16, 1912, and died on November 15, 2015.

He was a Chinese Olympic athlete who competed at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, where he was eliminated before reaching the final of the men’s discus throw event.

A multi-sport athlete in high school, Jie was inspired to attend the Olympics after hearing about Liu Changchun’s participation in the 1932 Summer Games.

Jie became the national discus throw champion at the 1935 Chinese National Games and set a new national record shortly before his journey to Berlin.

Following the Olympics, Jie travelled to Japan, where he graduated with a degree in agricultural sciences from the University of Tokyo in 1942.

Jie taught at Peking University until 1952, at which point he transferred to the city of Xi’an to work in the local grain bureau.

He served for many years at the Xi’an Institute of Physical Education as a researcher and coach before his retirement.

As of 2007 Jie was the last surviving member of China’s delegation to the 1936 Summer Olympics.

Jie helped carry the Olympic torch to the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

Guo Jie passed away at age 103 in November 2015.

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