Olympics: Liu Xiang’s exit - should we have seen this coming?
By Jeremy Webb in
The front page of every one of
's major newspapers today is dedicated to the Chinese 110-metre hurdler Liu Xiang - such is the disappointment over his dramatic departure from this year's Olympic Games. Beijing
All papers are in support of China's golden boy and his decision to withdraw from the race, and unlike some Western reports – which among other things suggest that the pressure of not winning the gold might have made him quit – Chinese newspapers attribute Liu's exit solely to his Achilles tendon injury.
For many people in
, the race yesterday must have come as a terrible shock. Just minutes before the disastrous event I spoke to Wang Jiali, a student from China , "We're behind Liu Xiang; we know he can do it!" she said. Hunan Province
So why did Miss Wang and so many other Chinese not see this one coming?
At a press conference after the race, head coach of
's athletics team Feng Shuyong was asked... read more China
Tuesday, 2 September 2008
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