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Olympic athletics: Liu Xiang’s Olympic jinx strikes again

November 28, 2019

first_imgTragedy struck Chinese superstar Liu Xiang once again as his London Olympics campaign ended in tragic fashion as he crashed his left foot into the first hurdle in the 110m event and had to be taken away for medical treatment.Even though the 2004 Athens Olympics champion, who is worshipped back home in China was not a 100 per cent fit, the focus was on him on Tuesday.Wearing the 1356 bib number, the same as in Beijing, where he had to leave the arena without competing properly because of an injury, Liu Xiang had been in focus.Having come to London weeks in advance before the track and field events, Liu Xiang then moved to Germany for training due to the cold weather.His heavily strapped achilles caught the eye today but none expected that disaster would strike him in the first heat as she drove his lead foot into the hurdle. The champion fell in pain and as a result hurt his right ankle.As he was taken away from the end of the track in a wheelchair, Chinese fans sobbed. “We were hoping that the fourth anniversary of the Beijing Olympics would be special. It began on August 8, 2008, but this has been so sad for us,” said a Chinese student at the Olympic Park.Athletics has become so popular in China after Liu Xiang’s golden effort in 2004, he now has a huge fan base.Yet, to be done in by bad luck two times in a row at the Olympics is something nobody wishes for any athlete.advertisement”It must be hard for that to happen for the second time in a row. He’s a great athlete,” said Usain Bolt, who was competing in the 200m heats.”One of the most amazing things is that he came back. He switched legs and started leading with a different leg. He’s a true champion. It’s so sad for him,” added Bolt.After the Beijing Games, Liu Xiang needed surgery and came back strongly. Though he did skip a few events now and then including the London Dimanond League in July 2012 because of a back problem, Liu Xiang has been followed very closely.When he was training away from the media glare indoors, people speculated if he was a 100 per cent fit.Yet, for sheer nostalgia, the champion’s run in the heats was awaited today,”I regard him as the best hurdler in history and I have so much respect for him,” said Andy Turner, the winner of Liu’s heat.”It was horrible to see him limp off like that so I had to go and help him,” added Turner.Balazs Baji of Hungary, who was alongside Liu in Lane 3 when Liu fell, waited for him near the finish as he hobbled up the track. When they met, Baji raised Liu’s arm like a boxing champion.”I’m so sorry for him,” Baji said.Liu Xiang is considered such a supreme technician in the high hurdles as he barely brushes the barriers during a race.Whether it was nerves, or his achilles or sheer bad luck, the trauma which Liu Xiang suffered on Tuesday morning made for sad viewing.last_img

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