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Hurdling star Liu looks toward 2012

Hurdling star Liu looks toward 2012

Chinese track star Liu Xiang, who at 23 already owns the 110-meter hurdles world record and Olympic title, intends to remain a force in his sport into his 30s, state media reported yesterday.
"I've already decided - the 2008 Beijing Olympics won't be the end for me. I also want to compete in the 2012 London Olympics and keep running past the age of 30," Liu told the Beijing News. "I want to prove to myself that I'm not just a flash in the pan."
Liu is a national hero through his emerging dominance of the high hurdles and is a hot favorite to bring China glory on its home soil when Beijing hosts the 2008 Olympics.
Liu won Olympic gold in 2004 in Athens - becoming the first male Chinese competitor to win a track and field gold medal - and set the world record of 12.88 seconds in the event earlier this year. However, Chinese athletics officials expressed concern recently that a domestic media frenzy surrounding Liu and the weight of Olympic expectations could prove too much for him and derail his career.


Updated : 2020-12-03 03:14 GMT+08:00