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Guo Jie, oldest surviving Olympian, dies at 103

Berlin 1936 Olympics

FILE - The Aug. 23, 2009 file photo shows the Olympic stadium pictured in Berlin. Berlin officials have reacted angrily to a series of fake, Nazi-style ads purporting to be part of the German capital’s campaign for the 2024 Olympics. The spoof ads appeared last week on a satirical blog called Metronaut. Several of the ads were based on actual posters from the 1936 Berlin Olympics, which Adolf Hitler used to showcase Nazi Germany to the world. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)


Guo Jie, a Berlin 1936 Olympic discus thrower who was the world’s oldest Olympian, died at age 103 on Sunday, according to the IAAF.

Guo didn’t make the 1936 Olympic discus final, throwing 41.13 meters in qualifying.

He later was a torch bearer during the Beijing 2008 Olympic torch relay.

In March, then-oldest Olympian Swiss Hans Erni died at 106 after taking part in art competitions at the London 1948 Olympics.

In April 2014, the world’s oldest-ever Olympian, 1948 U.S. Olympic shooter Walter Walsh, died six days shy of his 107th birthday.

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