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.
Liu returned to hurdles in 2009 at Shanghai Grand Prix and won gold at the Asian Games in Guangzhou last November. He won at the Shanghai Diamond League this spring by clocking 13.07 over David Oliver in May, and the American took revenge at Liu in Eugene, Oregon a month later in 12.94 seconds.
Liu changed his starting strategy by cutting eight to seven steps in running to the first hurdle earlier this year. He is to compete in 2011 World Championships in Athletics next month in Daegu, South Korea.
An article looking at the latest tennis duo from China, and how some of the world's less-reported sports are producing China's future athletic stars.
For all of about five seconds, there was discussion about an "all Chinese" final in the Australian Open. The People's Daily newspaper had already crowned Li Na and Zheng Jie — the Chinese female tennis players who both managed to advance into the final four to play against Serena Williams and Justine Henin, respectively — "two golden flowers."
The year of 2008 is by all means an extraordinary year for Chinese sports, not merely because the country's performance in the Beijing Olympics, there're actually so much more interesting things beyond that if we comb back closely, either about its sports administration and regime, or some government policies that may shape the sector in the future.
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.