China's Liu provides Asia's only medal in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM: Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang upset the form book by taking the bronze medal in the men’s 60m hurdles at the World Indoor Championships here on Sunday. 

He became the first man from his country to win a world indoor athletics medal and was the only Asian medallist here. 

The 19-year-old Shanghai politics student intends to celebrate the fact in no uncertain fashion when he gets back home.  

“Karaoke! That’s what I am going to do. I’m going to get a big group of my friends together and sing. I love both western and Chinese music but especially Michael Jackson,” Liu told AFP, after clocking 7.52 seconds in the final to take his place on the medal podium. 

“Frankly speaking, I didn’t think I was in the shape to win a medal,” Liu told AFP.  

“On my arrival here my aim was just to fight my way into the final. After I did that, I thought I might just get into the top six.  

“I knew Colin Jackson was going to be here and he’s the world record holder indoors and out. 

“There was also Cuba’s reigning Olympic champion Anier Garcia and Allen Johnson, from the United States.” 

Last year, Liu set world junior records indoors and out but many pundits thought that he would take several years to make his mark among the big boys. – AFP 

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