Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang is out
Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang pulled up lame just steps into the first round of qualifying Monday, leaving the Summer Games' host country without...
BEIJING — Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang pulled up lame just steps into the first round of qualifying Monday, leaving the Summer Games' host country without one of its biggest stars — and far and away its biggest star in track and field.
Liu appeared to be laboring as he warmed up for his qualifying race. He settled into the blocks and when the gun went off he took a few steps and when the second gun went off signaling a false start he pulled up lame. He limped back to the blocks and took off his numbered bib, indicating he was retiring from the race.
He has missed most of this season with a hamstring injury. On the runner's English site, liuxiang.sports.cn, his coach said Liu has an inflamed Achilles tendon.
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