25 Nov 2010

Olympic hurdling champion returns to form

5:51 am on 25 November 2010

The pin up boy of Chinese athletics, the 27 year old hurdler Liu Xiang believes another Olympic gold is within his reach after making it three successive 110 metre hurdles titles at the Asian Games.

For the last two years the 2004 Olympic champion has been battling a stubborn achilles injury, but his time yesterday of 13.09 seconds was his best in years, and thrilled home fans who were left shocked when injury forced him to pull out of his Olympic title defence in Beijing, just before the start.