Chinese hurdles champion retires

Added On April 8, 2015

China's 110m hurdles Olympic champion Liu Xiang announced his retirement on Tuesday on Sina Weibo, China's version of Twitter.

Liu became China's first male Olympic champion in athletics when he won the 110m hurdles at the 2004 Games, equalling Briton Colin Jackson's world record of 12.91 seconds. 
Three years later he won a world championship gold in Osaka, Japan.
Liu bettered the world record to 12.88 seconds in Lausanne, Switzerland in July 2006. Aries Merritt of the United States is current world record holder in 12.80. 
At the 2008 Beijing Games, Liu limped off in a first-round heat with an aggravated Achilles tendon injury following another runner's false start.
Four year later at London Olympics, Liu Xiang pulled out of competition again for a similar claimed reason.