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Newz Forum: OLYMPICS: Chinese ace equals World Record

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posted on Aug, 27 2004 @ 03:09 PM
Liu Xiang of China won the gold medal in the men's 110-meter hurdles Friday night at the Olympics by equaling the world record in a time of 12.91 seconds. Terrence Trammell of the United States was the silver medalist with a time of 13.18 seconds, while Anier Garcia of Cuba took the bronze in a time of 13.20 seconds.

Liu tied the world mark set by Colin Jackson of Great Britain in 1993 and broke the Olympic record of 12.95 set by American Allen Johnson in 1996.

Xiang's cause was undoubtedly helped by the failure of the great American Allen Johnson to reach the final, falling in an earlier round.

But surely even Johnson would have found Xiang - fluent and fast over each hurdle - a class apart on the night, he confirmed himself as the present and future of sprint hurdling.

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