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Fans give Liu Xiang spirited welcome

[ 2009-04-13 14:16]     字号 [] [] []  
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The enthusiasm surrounding injured hurdler Liu Xiang at Tian'anmen Square yesterday morning proved he is still one of the most popular sports stars in China.

The reigning world champion and former Olympic men's 110m hurdlers champion appeared in front of tens of thousands of fans, causing a crescendo of flashing cameras from the media and inspiring shouts from fans. He was invited to attend the starting ceremony of the 2009 Beijing International Long-distance Running Festival on Sunday morning.

"I love you, Liu Xiang!", "Liu, you're the best!" and "Come on, Liu. You will recover!" people shouted as he ran past.

Excited fans also forced organizers to cancel Liu's 10-minute interview with the media and cut short his appearance in the stands to only six minutes.

Liu arrived quietly on Saturday night and his schedule was kept secret by organizers, but hundreds of members of the media rushed for him on Sunday morning.

Since media could only shoot photos from outside a group of volunteer guards surrounding Liu, they had to talk about the young hurdler through his coach, Sun Haiping.

"Attending the World Championships in August is too rushed for him, so attending the competition in September or October is a better choice," Sun said outside the VIP room.

Coming back from surgery and undergoing rehabilitation in the US, Liu is now in training in his hometown of Shanghai preparing to return to competition as soon as possible.

"He trains every day at present, but still cannot take on special training for striding hurdlers. We don't want to put him at risk again."


1. Why was Liu Xiang in Beijing this past weekend?

2. Who did the media have to speak with to discuss Liu?

3. When will Liu attend the World Championships?


1. He was invited to attend the starting ceremony of the 2009 Beijing International Long-distance Running Festival on Sunday morning.

2. His coach, Sun Haiping.

3. In September or October.

(英语点津 Helen 编辑)

Fans give Liu Xiang spirited welcome

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Fans give Liu Xiang spirited welcome

Nancy Matos is a foreign expert at China Daily Website. Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Nancy is a graduate of the Broadcast Journalism and Media program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Her journalism career in broadcast and print has taken her around the world from New York to Portugal and now Beijing. Nancy is happy to make the move to China and join the China Daily team.