Modified: September 6, 2016
Source: The News Center, Office of Party & Administration, College of Physical Education
Publisher: The News Center
The State Council’s Overseas Chinese Affairs Office issued a document on Aug. 26, honoring JNU students Chen Aisen and Su Bingtian, who won glory in the Rio Olympic Games, and encouraging the university tocontinue constructing sports culture to cultivate more all-around talents.
Chen, a junior majoring in international economics and trade, won two gold medals, in men’s synchronized 10-meter platform diving and men’s 10-meter platform diving; he is the first man in Olympic history to win gold medals in both events. Su, a graduate student in international economics and trade, ranked fourth in the 4x100-meter relay final race, the Chinese team’s best result to date in this event.
Sports have been a strength of JNU since it started. Athletes from the football, basketball and track-and-field teams were selected for the national team at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, with Shen Kunnan from JNU coaching the Chinese track team. The pole vaulter Fu Baolu held the record in China at that time. Although he didn’t win a medal in Germany, it was the only time China made the finals in pole vault in its last three Olympic Games before the Revolution.
(JNU students at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin)