China: Great pity for Liu's Achilles tendon

Global Voices OlympicsThe national hero, world champion of the 110-metre hurdles in Athens Olympics, Liu Xiang, quitted the game dramatically this morning due to his inflamed tendon.

BEIJING (AP) — Defending Olympic champion Liu Xiang of China pulled out of the 110-meter hurdles Monday, walking away from the blocks after coming up lame during a false start.

Before the game was going to start, in blows of exclamations, Liu attempted to adjust himself by running over past 2 hurdles. But soon he stopped, bending his brows painfully. After another racer’s fall start and as the game’s going to start again, Liu quitted. The stadium burst into a sea of shock, regret and sorrow, then into silence.

Actually, the ominous sign has been spotted yesterday. Sun Haiping, Liuxiang’s coach, revealed that Liu’s heel was aching during the training on 16th. However, though Liu’s injury was confirmed, most Chinese tried to believe it’s simply a smoke bomb.

In, the Chinese twitter, sea of comments emerged soon after Liu left his lane with a painful expression.

1-lin 11:56


Nothing in the 2008 Games could sting me more seriously than the pulling-out of Liu Xiang

阡陌 11:58


The hearts of millions of people were emptied by Liu Xiang’s withdrawal. Will the Olympics be a pity without Liu Xiang? Will the “bird nest” without Liu Xiang be lonely?

And now people found all the athletes appeared in Adidas’ lately advertisement were met with unexpected adversities and bad luck.

Mololo 12:19


The Adidas Olympics commercial is really a super curse.

China’s women volleyball team, football player Zhengzhi, and now Liu Xiang, seemed to be all its victims.

Some blamed Liu Xiang like this:
海蓝 12:21


Liu Xiang, you didn’t fall on the race track, but failed under the Olympics spirit.

But 微笑綻放 rebutted as many agreed to: 12:20


That’s how the sport race is like! You these guys without a bit of knowledge know only how to blame others! You exclaimed when he excelled, but blamed when you see the dream of gold medal is lost. What about renaming the Olympics as a gold-medal-rob game?

But a netizen referred the withdrawal as a scheme


What a wonder plot it is!
I have been considering how strong Robles is in these days, much stronger than Liuxiang. And how should Liu deal with this? If he lost the game, very probably, then his commercial value would of course slump, as would his popularity. What should I do if I were him?
And the result today is what Liu can do to reach his max profit. He retained people’s compassion and his popularity, and the most important, commercial value.
I have to admire the team behind him.

And the hottest tickets of hurdle final were now on sale on the internet.

Whatever the voices are, there are always people standing firmly behind Liu.
小凤儿 said on Fanfou:


We should all have a lenient heart. Though he quits the Beijing Olympics, he’s still the champion in out hearts.


  • chan

    If Liu win Gold Medal-they will say that Liu was trained in Communist Camp, ha… ha …

  • The Prodigal

    Albeit true that western media will always look for fault or a negative twist to anything different from their status quo, Liu Xiang’s injury is at best good timing and, as a worse case scenario, fraud.

    After basking in the glory of his well deserved success in Athens, the pressures Liu experienced from the high expectations of 1.3 billion Chinese, the glamor and stardom enjoyed over the past four years, and one blazing Cuban athlete (as indicated in blog #10) may have been too much for Liu to bear.

    For China, the Olympics and the sport itself, I hope the possibility of fraud is never proven. That would be an even greater disgrace to the games than the Cuban Taekwando fighter kicking the referee.

  • knights

    I thought you people believe in Human Rights? It is Liu’s Human Rights to quit for whatever reason. Injured heels, or pressure, but it’s his right to decide. NOn of your sore losers’ business.

    [big relief sigh] Now, it’s time for revenge, let’s protest when London’s torch pass by my house. . . . heheheheheh

  • knights

    Dang I missed it, I would have asked the Cuban athlete to kick Bela in the Belly. . . hahahaha

  • chan

    We really learned – It is their “human right & freedom” to bash Chinese in whatever ways they want :-) and that is certainly not a good practice at all

  • […] Liu Xiang suddenly withdrew from the 110 meter hurdles, thousands of people reacted on Fanfou, such as: “Nothing in the 2008 Games could sting me more seriously than the pulling-out of Liu […]

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