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Team China: Liu Xiang
Liu Xiang

Billed as the Cathy Freeman figure of the Beijing Games - the face of China's reigning Olympic 110m hurdles champion beams down from billboards all over Beijing.

If he wins what will likely be China's only gold on the track then Liu's victory will be the defining moment of of the Games, much like Freeman's 400m win was to many Australians.

But while Liu shrugs off talk of pressure, he will have to carry the weight of a nation's expectation if he is to emerge as the star of the Games.


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