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Liu Xiang announced his retirement on Sina Weibo

来源: RDC Beijing | 发布日期:2015-04-21

China's top track and field star, Liu Xiang, officially announced his retirement on Tuesday through his Weibo account after being sidelined for more than two years in rehabilitation of an ankle surgery.

In lieu of a press conference, the 31-year-old athlete star chose a low-key way to announce his retirement.
"From today on, I will say goodbye to my professional athletics career and officially retire. It's a decision made through thorough consideration. I have no other choice despite reluctance and pain." Liu wrote on his Weibo, a Twitter-like microblogging platform.

"I'm afraid that I have to leave you (hurdles). I'm really "old" and "sick", I can't run with you any more, I can't hurdle you any more. I'm going to "retire" and kick off a new journey. Goodbye, my track, my hurdles!"

In Athens, Liu tied the 12.91 seconds world record to claim the gold medal before he set a new world mark of 12.88 in 2006 IAAF Grand Prix in Lausanne.

(from Chinadaily)