Date: November 9, 2016
Author: Qiu Jingwen
Photographer: Guo Shunbiao
Source: JNU News Center
Having produced champions in the men's 100-meter, men's 800-meter, men's triple jump and women's 400-meter hurdles events in the seventh Nike Track and Field Race on Nov. 5, JNU's track and field team presented the victories as gifts for the university's 110th anniversary.
(Athlete representatives of JNU entering the arena)
(Pan Canli, the first champion of JNU track and field team in this challenge team)
From sprinter Fu Jincheng, long jumper Hao Chunde and pole vaulter Fu Baolu, who competed for China in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, to today's "Two Heroes of Track and Field" Su Bingtian and Mo Youxue, JNU athletes have maintained a high level of competitive performance and achieved excellent grades. What's the secret?
Centuries-old Sports Tradition
JNU athletes first ran to the Olympic finals 80 years ago. In the late 1920s and 30s, Jinan sports reached their pinnacle in history, especially in football, basketball, track and field. As members of China's track and field team, Hao Chunde, Fu Jincheng and Fu Baolu of JNU showed extraordinary talent and ran to the finals in the Olympic Games of 1936 - the second time China took part in these games before the establishment of the People's Republic. It was China's first time in the finals, making the 1936 Olympics an iconic milestone in the history of Chinese athletics and sports development.
At the 110th anniversary of JNU, Su Bingtian became the fastest runner.
After JNU was re-established in Guangzhou in 1978, building a high-level sports team was approved in 1995 to revive sports traditions. At present, JNU has five high-level sport teams: swimming, martial arts, badminton, basketball and track and field. From 1996 to 2006, JNU athletes performed at a very high level, wining a total of 872 medals, including 337 gold, 272 silver and 223 copper in various international and provincial competitions. Su Bingtian, a Jinan University student, became the first Asian to break 10 seconds in the 100-meter race in 2015. In the same year, he joined junior schoolfellow Mo Youxue and teammates Zhang Peimeng and Xie Zhenye to win the silver medal in the men's 4×100-meter relay at the IAAF World Championships, making China's the first Asian team to win a world championship medal.
(Su Bingtian and Mo Youxue relaying)
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