November 24, 2010
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Liu Xiang 刘 翔 stamped his class in a badly outgunned field, stopping the clock at 13.09s. Shi Dong Peng 史冬鹏 placed 2nd with a 13.39s performance, making it a 1-2 finish for the host country. South Korea’s Park Tae-Kyong 박태경 won Bronze.
When I watched the Youtube clip above and saw my idol romp to his best performance in years, I was ecstatic. Seeing Liu celebrate at the finish line is a priceless moment for this hardcore Liu Xiang fan. I raised my arms in triumph, rejoicing with the billion strong Chinese people! All of a sudden, the bad memories of Beijing 2008 are but a distant memory. Even though I watched the race from a measly streaming site, I could almost feel the electricity of Guangzhou’s Aoti Stadium as the thousands of spectators cheered wildly!
Whilst watching the slow motion replay of the race, one can feel the raw intensity of Liu. After all, the Asian Games is the biggest athletics event in China since the 2008 Olympics. The fact that Liu grazed a few hurdles with his hamstring is a testament to this momentous race.
Read the IAAF article here
Read the Universal Sports article here
Read the Yahoo Sports article here
Photos from Daylife.com and Getty Images
Liu’s 13.09s is his best time since the 2007 season. The 2004 Olympic Champion dramatically lowered his erstwhile 2010 seasons’ best of 13.40s.
Results from gz2010.cn
I love how Liu jumped to the top of the podium during the medal ceremony. It was reminiscent of his historic 2004 Athens Olympic gold!
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Liu’s guts pose! (Photo from Zimbio/Getty Images)