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Liu Xiang's profile

05-23-2012 14:02 BJT

Date of Birth: July 13, 1983

Place of Birth: Shanghai, China

Height: 1.88m

Liu became the first Chinese male athlete to win from the track and field event in the Olympics history and the sixth man to post a time under 13 seconds for this event.

He is also the first Chinese athlete to achieve the "triple crown" of athletics: world record holder, world champion and Olympic champion.

Liu is known for his low-profile appearance, but he has become one of the most popular athletes in China. Liu Xiang was on Time magazine Asian edition's cover of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games titled "Liu Xiang & 99 More Athletes to Watch."

Major achievements:

In May 2001, Liu won his first champion at the World University Games in Beijing, China with 13.33 seconds.

In July 2002, Liu set the world junior record and Asian record in 110 m hurdles with 13.12 seconds at the International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) Super Grand Prix in Lausanne, Switzerland.

In May 2004 at an IAAF race in Osaka, Japan, Liu managed to beat Alan Johnson with a personal best record time of 13.06 seconds.

Liu won the men's 110 m hurdles final at the 2004 Athens Olympics, equaling Colin Jackson's 1993 world record of 12.91 seconds.

In August 2005, Liu won a silver medal at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Helsinki, Finland, finishing 13.08 seconds, 0.01 seconds after champion Ladji Doucouré from France.

In November 2005, he won at the East Asian Games in Macau, China with 13.21 seconds.

Liu set a new world record in the 110 metre hurdles, at the Super Grand Prix in Lausanne on July 11, 2006, with a time of 12.88 seconds (+1.1 m/s tailwind). The record was ratified by the IAAF.

In September, he won gold at IAAF World Athletics Final in Stuttgart, Germany with 12.93 seconds.

On August 31, 2007 at the World Athletics Championships in Osaka, Japan, Liu won gold in the 110 metre hurdles with 12.95 seconds to become the World Champion for the first time.

Awards

Off track, in May 2005, he was awarded the Laureus World Sports Award for Newcomer of the Year for his breakthrough performance at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.

Injury and Comeback

Liu, who was expected to grab another gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, withdrew from the games due to a foot injury.

Liu's injury was significant and also ruled him out of the following year's major competition, the 2009 World Championships in Athletics.

Liu made a comeback at Shanghai Golden Grand Prix on Sept. 20 and finished second with 13.15 seconds, which was beyond his own expectation.

In Liu's first competition of 2012, he was matched up against Dayron Robles at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix and this time he won cleanly with an Asian record time of 7.41 seconds for the 60 m hurdles. He was the favourite for the title at the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships, but was beaten into second place by Aries Merritt and left with the silver medal.

In the outdoor season he set a 110 m hurdles match record at the Golden Grand Prix Kawasaki, then ran 12.97 seconds to win the Shanghai Golden Grand Prix. This was his first run under 13 seconds since 2007 and he beat Americans David Oliver and Jason Richardson by some distance.

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source: Xinhua

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