Former 110-meter hurdles Liu Xiang is a Chinese Olympic gold winner.
Liu is also a world champion. His gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics was China’s first in a men’s track and field competition.
More than a year after he hobbled out of the Beijing Olympics, China’s high hurdler Liu Xiang intends to compete again in his home city of Shanghai in September, according to his coach.
The former Olympic and world record holder undoubtedly missed his title defense at the global championships in Berlin in August after undergoing surgery on his injured ankle in the United States in December.
One of China’s most accomplished athletes, Liu has become a cultural icon. Liu continues to hold the Olympic record for the men’s 110-meter hurdles with a time of 12.91 seconds he set back at the 2004 Athens Olympics, in addition to being the only male athlete in history to hold the 110-meter hurdles World Record, World Champion, and Olympic Champion.
At the Beijing Olympics, he was the favorite to win another gold in the 110-meter hurdles, but he was forced to retire at the last minute due to a faulty start and an aggravation of an earlier-unknown ailment.
He pulled his Achilles tendon while attempting to clear the first hurdle in the heats of the 110-meter hurdles at the London Olympics when he was again a gold medal favorite. He announced his resignation on Sina Weibo on April 7, 2015.
However, the 25-year-coach and longtime mentor Sun Haiping said that if his recuperation went as planned, he would be able to compete in the Shanghai Golden Grand Prix.
“He also plans to make his third defense of his National Games championship in October. He will win the National Games if he can complete the course in between 13.20 and 13.30 seconds. He is capable of achieving such an outcome.
Liu would compete against athletes from other regions in China’s 11th National Games, which are held in Jinan, Shandong Province, from October 11–23 and draw more than 10,000 competitors.
With a run of 13.42 seconds, Liu won the East Asian Games in Osaka, Japan, in May 2001. He won the Universiade in Beijing, China in August 2001 with a time of 13.33 seconds. In the same year, he also triumphed at the China National Games.
At the Athletissima competition in 2002, Liu completed the race in 13.12 seconds, breaking the previous Asian record. Renaldo Nehemiah’s long-standing world junior record, which stood for almost 25 years, was also broken. He won bronze medals in the 110 m hurdles at the 2003 World Championships in Athletics and the 60 m hurdles at the 2003 IAAF World Indoor Championships the following year.
Although Liu is known for keeping a quiet profile, he has grown to be one of the most well-liked athletes in China. The 2008 Summer Olympic Games featured Liu Xiang on the cover of Time magazine’s Asian edition with the caption, “Liu Xiang & 99 More Athletes to Watch.”
Liu contributed over 364,000 dollars (or 2,500,000 yuan) to the 2008 Sichuan earthquake relief efforts.
On September 7, 2014, Liu wed Ge Tian, an actress from the post-90s generation, after having a formal relationship with her for two years. They split up in 2015. On January 9, 2016, pole vaulter Wu Sha and Liu Xiang made an official announcement of their new relationship on Sina Weibo. Liu and Wu wed in a low-key ceremony in Fiji on December 1, 2016.
Nike is the primary sponsor of Liu’s sporting wear.
Liu Xiang’s Net worth
One of the wealthiest Hurdlers and one of the most well-liked Hurdlers is Liu Xiang. According to our research, Liu Xiang’s net worth is roughly $1.5 million, as reported by Forbes & Business Insider.
Xiang had just become the first male athlete to win a track and field gold medal for China.
Chinese former 110-meter hurdles Liu Xiang.
Liu suffered from a recurrence of chronic inflammation in his right Achilles tendon.