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Liu Xiang Shanghai comeback
  • September 18th, 2009
Olympic champion Liu Xiang walks away after failing to start his 110 metres hurdles first-round heat of the athletics competition at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

Olympic champion Liu Xiang walks away after failing to start his 110 metres hurdles first-round heat of the athletics competition at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

Liu Xiang will make his comeback debut from his injury at the Shanghai Golden Grand Prix this Sunday.

After his disappointing shock withdrawal from the Beijing Games, the Chinese track star will have the support of his hometown crowd in Shanghai.

His coach was quoted, “I feel as though it’s the first time Liu Xiang is entering a big competition. It’s like starting all over. I’m already prepared to start all over again.”

The 26 year old had an operation in the United States last December, which repaired his Achilles tendon, and ever since has been training in secret in Shanghai.

The former world record holder showed glimmer of his old self. A recent 110m practice run against his teammates saw him running 13.70 seconds, still a far cry from his personal best and former world record of 12.88 set in 2006 in Lausanne.

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The Chinese Athletic Association has already urges the whole nation of lowering their expectation of Liu’s comeback as “not focus too much on the final result”.

Shanghai Grand Prix will also see the rivalry between Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell who will face-off in the 100m. Usain Bolt pulled out of the race due to fatigue.

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Posted by Uncle Sha.
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