Li Jie burst on the scene at the 2002 Asian Games, where he won two gold medals. One was in the 10m air rifle; the other was with his teammates in the men's group 10m air rifle. In winning the gold, he and his teammates Zhang Fu and Cai Yalin set a new world record with 1788 points. Li Jie also set a new Asian record in the 10m air rifle with 700.8 points. At the 2002 ISSF World Shooting Championships, he won the silver medal in the 10m air rifle and won qualification to the 2004 Athens Olympics. Li Jie also won the 10m air rifle at the 2002 World Cup. He came up big in Athens, taking home silver, and has his sights set on another medal in Beijing Olympics.