The world's oldest living Olympian passes away

20 | 11 | 2015

Guo Jie, the oldest living Olympian who competed for China in Discus at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin has passed away at 103.

After having set a national record at the Chinese National Games in 1935, Guo represented his country one year later at the Berlin Games achieving a personal best of 41.13m.

Following his participation in the Berlin Games, Guo graduated in agricultural sciences from the University of Tokyo. He taught at the University of Peking before moving to the city of Xi’an where he became a researcher and coach at the Physical Education Institute of Xi’an.

Guo Jie carried the Olympic torch to the 2008 Beijing Games through the streets of Xi’an and in 2012, the Olympian turned 100 and was still exercising two hours daily. 

Guo was born in Dalian, China on January 16, 1912.