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Liu Changchun was honored as “the first Chinese Olympian” for being the first and only Chinese athlete to attend the 10th Olympic Games held in 1932 in Los Angeles, at a time when China was in the economic doldrums and had been invaded by Japan. Although Liu did not win a medal, after the long sea voyage had robbed him of his strength, the Chinese media spoke highly of his strong faith in sport. March 21 marked the 35th anniversary of Liu's death, and online platforms posted his picture, calling on netizens to remember his great contribution to sports in China.
“Liu, we are now far away from hardships and Chinese sports have made great strides.”