The day was certainly going to come and no one should have been surprised when Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang announced his retirement from athletics in a Weibo post on Tuesday. While the news of the Shanghai native calling time on his career may be sad, he has undoubtedly left a dazzling legacy that China's up-and-coming track stars will try to emulate.
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As his teammate Liu Xiang watched on the stands, Shanghai native Xie Wenjun clocked a personal best of 13.23 seconds to win in men's hurdles in the IAAF Diamond League Shanghai last night, a surprising and yet fascinating finish in front of his home crowd. Pascal Martinot-Lagarde and David Oliver finished 2nd and 3rd in the competition.
Titan Sports, China's largest sports publication, on Nov. 18th ran a piece about foreign journalists offering bribe to get doping stories from Liu Xiang's coach. Below are some excerpts:
Eight doping cases came to light in the Beijing Olympics. Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee, predicted 7 more could be found after the final testing session. Olympic champions such as Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt have all been questioned so far. Liu Xiang , Chinese 110-meter hurdler, who won gold in 2004 Athens Olympics and became world champion at the World Athletics Championships in Osaka in 2007, can not escape from linking with drug use either.