Olympic champion and world record holder Liu Xiang clocked 13.15s
for a stylish victory in the men's 110 meter hurdles on Tuesday,
inspiring a Chinese gold harvest on the last day of athletic
competition at the Asian Games
The 23-year-old Liu, who shattered the world record when he ran
in 12.88 seconds at an IAAF meet in Lausanne back in July, finished
in a Games record of 13.15 to retain his Asiad title. Four years
ago, he won the 110m hurdles in 13.27.
His teammate Shi Dongpeng took silver improving his personal
best in 13.28, and Japan's Masato Naito took bronze in 13.60.
"I didn't expect myself to run so fast, a 13.20 was a pretty
good result," said a flag-draped Liu after the race. "The standard
of the men's 110m hurdles event at these Games was much higher than
In addition to Liu's victory, China won three other events to
increase its total tally of gold medals to 14, equaling its record
in Busan four years ago.
Asian record holder Gao Shuying underlined her status as the
continent's No. 1 in women's pole vault as the 27-year-old Chinese
cleared a height of 4.30 meters to retain her title. Malaysia's
Samsu Roslinda took silver and the bronze went to Japanese Ikuko
Li Yanxi, making his Asian Games debut, claimed gold in the
men's triple jump with a personal best leap of 17.06 meters, ahead
of Kazakhstan's Roman Valiyev (16.98m) and Kim Deok-Hyeon
Qin Wangping then showed her leadership skills, anchoring the
Chinese women's relay team to victory in the 4x100m final,
finishing in 44.38 seconds. Japan came second in 44.87 while
Chinese Taipei finished third in 45.86.
In the men's 4x100m relay, underdogs Thailand edged out
favorites Japan in a photo finish for the gold medal. Both teams
were timed at 39.21 seconds, while China finished a disappointing
third place in 39.62.
Bahrain's Maryam Yusuf Jamal won the women's 1,500m making it a
golden double following her victory in the 800m on Saturday. The
23-year old former Ethiopian, maintaining an impressive run of form
after victories in the World Athletics Final in Stuttgart and the
IAAF World Cup in Athens, was in a class of her own as she finished
in 4:08.63, more than six seconds ahead of Japanese runner-up
Qatar's James Kwalia C Kurui delighted home fans as the
20-year-old Kenyan-born athlete won the men's 5,000m final in
13:38.90, followed by Bahrain's Mucheru Salem Jawher and another
Qatari Sultan Khamis Zaman.
Manjeet Kaur led an India quartet to a comeback victory in the
women's 4x400m relay final, clocked a winning time of 3 minutes
Kazakhstan grabbed silver in 3:33.86, while China had to settle
for third place in 3:33.92 after leading for the first three
Saudi Arabia emerged as the winner of the men's 4x400m relay,
the last event of the six-day athletics competition, in 3:05.31
with India and Sri Lanka rounding out the podium with a
Although Liu Xiang was one of the few world class athlete in
track and field events after Japan's Olympic hammer throw champion
Koji Murobushi and two-time world 3,000 steeplechase champion Saif
Saaeed Shaheen of Qatar pulled out due to injuries, only a few
hundred spectators turned out at the Khalifa Stadium to watch the
23-year-old Shanghai native demolish his rivals in the final.
Liu said he was very satisfied with his performance in 2006,
which saw him win eight out of 10 international competitions.
"This year was another peak for me following the Athens Olympic
Games," he said.
Liu shocked the world in Athens 2004 when he won the Olympic
gold medal with a then world-record-tying time of 12.91
Liu's coach Sun Haiping said he was also delighted with the
"Liu's time was under 13.20, and Shi gave his best ever
performance, so I am extremely satisfied," said Sun.
Heavily favored to win this last race of this season, Liu had
set a modest target of 13.20 before the Asian Games.
(Xinhua News Agency December 13, 2006)