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Arriving at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, Liu Xang was a contender for a medal at the 2004 Olympics, although no one expected him to win the gold.

 

Yet when it came to the final, Liu’s technique was near-perfect. He barely touched the sixth hurdle and cleared all the others cleanly, powering to a victory of almost three metres. And his time – 12.91 seconds – equalled the 11 –year-old world record.

 

That performance made Liu the first Chinese man to win an Olympic gold medal in athletics.

110m hurdles, Athens 2004, Athletics, LIU, Xiang, People's Republic of China, Men,

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