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Liu Xiang's career path: Pride and pains

08-29-2011 20:27 BJT

Liu Xiang is probably one of the most popular Chinese athletes that have emerged as cultural icons and who are known to the rest of the world. Being the first Chinese 110-meter hurdler to achieve the triple crown in athletics, Liu Xiang has made history through the years.

Liu rose to fame in 2004 at an IAAF event in Osaka, Japan, where he beat American Allen Johnson with a personal best time of 13.06 seconds. His career reached a peak at the 2004 Athens Olympics, where he won gold.

Liu Xiang (File photo)

In 2006, Liu set a new world record in the event at the Super Grand Prix in Lausanne with a time of 12.88 seconds. In the following year at the World Athletics Championships in Osaka, Japan, Liu won gold, becoming the world champion for the first time.

At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Liu was unable to compete due to an ankle injury. Since his return to the field following a 13-month absence, Liu has secured gold at the 2009 Asian Athletics Championships as well as the 2010 Asian Games.

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Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: CNTV.CN

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