China Daily reports that China’s former Olympic and world champion hurdler Liu Xiang officially announced his retirement in an emotional farewell statement on Tuesday.

Liu, who won the 110m hurdles gold medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, said a chronic Achilles tendon injury, which sidelined him from the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London games, forced him to accept the reality that he won’t be able to race at the highest level again. Read more

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