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World's oldest surviving Olympian dies aged 103

Published 16/11/2015 | 15:51

The world's oldest Olympian has died
The world's oldest Olympian has died

Guo Jie, a Chinese former discus thrower who was the world's oldest surviving Olympian, has died at the age of 103.

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He died on Sunday, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.

Guo represented China in the discus at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin after setting a national record the year before.

At the Berlin Games, he produced a personal best throw of 41.13 metres (135ft 6in) but failed to make the final.

Born in the eastern port city of Dalian in 1912, Guo studied agricultural science and technology at Tokyo University.

In the 1950s he served as a coach and instructor at a leading physical education institute in the northern city of Xian.

Guo carried the Olympic torch during the relay through Xian ahead of the 2008 Beijing Games.

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