Liu Xiang (born July 13, 1983) is a retired Chinese 110 meter hurdler. Liu is an Olympic Gold medalist and World Champion. His 2004 Olympic gold medal was the first in a men’s track and field event for China.
Liu is one of China’s most successful athletes and has emerged as a cultural icon. He is the only male athlete in history to have achieved the “triple crown” in the event of 110-metre hurdles: World Record Holder, World Champion and Olympic Champion. He was the favorite to win another gold in the 110 metre hurdles at the Beijing Olympics, but he had to withdraw from competition at the last moment after a false start and aggravation to a previously unrevealed injury. Again a gold medal favourite in the 110 metre hurdles at the London Olympics he pulled his Achilles tendon attempting to clear the first hurdle in the heats. On April 7, 2015, he made a retirement announcement on his Sina Weibo. He would end his sport career officially.