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13 Aug 2014
Nanjing 2014 , IOC News , YOG

Liu Xiang – A true Chinese icon and Athlete Role Model

At the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, Liu Xiang (CHN) stunned the world by winning the 110 meter hurdles with the tremendously impressive time of 12.91 seconds The Olympic Champion shocked the world again when he broke the world record in 2006 in Lausanne – a world record that he would go on to hold for nearly four years.

Liu wrote a brand new page in the track and field history books, as before him, no Chinese athlete had won a track and field event at an Olympic Games, a major contributor to his iconic status in China.

Take a look at Liu Xiang on what he is looking forward to at the YOG


A Shanghai native, Liu’s professional career began as training as a high jumper, where he won a number of junior track and field competitions in this event. It wasn’t until later in his junior career when he was encouraged to try out the hurdles and he hasn’t looked back since.

Liu Xiang’s story is one of setting and achieving goals – one that perfectly positions him as a true role model to those competing at the Youth Olympic Games over the coming weeks

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