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Liu injury blow in pictures

Liu Xiang pulls up warming up for the 110m hurdles heat

Defending 110m hurdles champion Liu Xiang, considered China's best hope for an athletics gold medal, is forced out of the Games due to injury

Liu Xiang grimaces in pain in the warm-up

Liu grimaces in pain repeatedly with an Achilles injury in the warm-up for the first round of the 110m hurdles

Liu Xiang tries to run off his injury

Despite all attempts, Liu, a massive celebrity in China, cannot shake off the injury that has plagued him in the run-up to the Games

Liu Xiang attempts to race in the 100m heat

As the race false starts Liu stuns the home crowd in the 91,000-seater Bird's Nest stadium when he pulls up and is forced to withdraw

A Chinese fan cries after Liu's withdrawal

Liu's withdrawal is met with disbelief, tears and silence by loyal fans around the stadium

A Chinese security volunteer after Liu-s withdrawal

Even security staff are reduced to tears as they watch their home grown hero depart the Beijing Olympics

Liu Xiang crouches next to a billboard

After four years of preparation, build-up and hype, Liu's dream of defending his title is over

Liu Xiang departs the Bird's nest stadium

He departs the Bird's Nest stadium, leaving behind a shocked home crowd

Liu's coach Sun Haiping at a press conference

The emotion is all too evident on the face of his coach Sun Haiping as he tries to explain how Liu's hopes ended on Monday

see also
China stunned by Liu injury blow
18 Aug 08 |  Athletics
Ten to watch: Liu Xiang
05 Aug 08 |  Olympics
Doubts over Liu's Olympic fitness
17 Jul 08 |  Athletics


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