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Liu Xiang hopes to put up a show for fans

04-02-2011 10:32 BJT

China's hurdler Liu Xiang (L) and his coach Sun Haiping
attend a news conference ahead of the IAAF Diamond League
competition in Shanghai April 1, 2011.[Photo: Xinhua]
Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang displayed an air of confidence on Friday as he turned up to promote the IAAF Diamond League in Shanghai in May.

The former world and Olympic champion enthused confidence in front of reporters as he spoke of winning a medal in front of home fans, but was aware that his biggest obstacle would be to get past the in-form David Oliver.

China's hurdler Liu Xiang (L) and discus thrower Li Yanfeng attend a news conference
ahead of the IAAF Diamond League competition in Shanghai April 1, 2011.
[Photo: Xinhua]

The American has won 18 straight competitions since last year, five of which were under 13 seconds.

"I think I will be just competing with myself as David is in such a good form, but I think I still have a chance," Liu said on Friday. "Shanghai is my hometown and I will always run my best here."

Riding a wave of confidence, Liu claimed he could win the 110 meters hurdles race in 12.90 seconds.

"12.90 is not impossible for me," said Liu, who will turn 28 this summer.

Liu has been working hard on his start and the first three hurdles and hopes to improve on his Asian Games showing last year, where he won his third straight 110m hurdles title with a run of 13.09.

China's hurdler Liu Xiang is interviewed by reporters after a news conference ahead
of the IAAF Diamond League competition in Shanghai April 1, 2011.[Photo: Xinhua]

"I was not having a good start at the first three hurdles," Liu told reporters. "So my recent training is mainly focused on the start."

Liu finished third in the 60m hurdles at the Duesseldorf and Karlsruhe indoors meets in February.

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