Full name: Guo Jie
Original name: 郭 洁
Other name(s): 郭潔
Height: 5-11 (181 cm)
Born: January 16, 1912 in Dalian, Liaoning, China
Died: November 15, 2015 in Xi'an, Shanxi, China
Guo Jie was a talented athlete in high school, participating in a variety of sports including basketball, football, and numerous track and field disciplines. His specialty was this discus throw, in which he was crowned champion at the 1935 Chinese National Games, in addition to competing in the shot put and pentathlon events. He set a national discus record of 41.07m in the trials for the 1936 Summer Olympics, guaranteeing him a spot among the country’s first full Olympic delegation. He failed to advance to the final round of the tournament, although he did set a personal best of 41.13m in his attempt.
Guo returned to Nanjing following the Games but soon moved to Japan, where he studied agricultural science and technology at the University of Tokyo. He graduated in 1942 and returned to his native country to teach at Peking University. In 1952, several years after the Chinese Civil War, he was sent to the city of Xi’an to work in the local agricultural bureaucracy. He remained active as an athlete into this period, competing regularly in the Shaanxi Provincial Games. He eventually ended his career with a stint at the Xi’an Institute of Physical Education and, by 2007, was the last surviving member of the Chinese team at the 1936 Summer Olympics. In 2008, a month prior to the start of the Beijing Olympics, he helped carry the Olympic Torch through Xi’an.
Personal Best: DT – 41.13 (1936).
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