Aug 18 2008


Chinese track and field star Liu is out of the Olympics because of an Achilles tendon injury

Posted at 2:53 pm under Monthly

I watched this today and it was painful. He got to the start of the race ok, but after a false start he just ripped up his number and hobbled off the field.  You could see the pain and frustration in his face.  He had to pull out of the hurdles and he’s a Chinese national hero.

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4 Responses to “Chinese track and field star Liu is out of the Olympics because of an Achilles tendon injury”

  1. sheilaon 18 Aug 2008 at 2:56 pm 1

    I saw this and was thinking of posting, too. :) We can all sympathize.

  2. anniehon 18 Aug 2008 at 2:57 pm 2

    Yes, I was watching it this morning. Have they confirmed how bad it was yet, our TV here in England still saying achilles tendonitus. Bad time for him whatever it is. The look on his face made me want to cry, he was devastated, all those years of training poor poor man. That is 2 in 2 days, with a player from manchester city football club as well, so sad for them both when they rely on their legs for a career.

    Hope your doing OK


  3. marcuson 18 Aug 2008 at 8:18 pm 3

    Apparently the reaction has been–uh–quite mixed:

    Liu’s coach, Sun Haiping, apologized for the injury then grew overcome with grief, covering his eyes and sobbing in a post-race news conference. Some Chinese reporters also cried in an area under the stadium where interviews with athletes are conducted.


     Within 20 minutes of the nationally televised embarrassment, fans were calling Liu “a dog” and “a fake” on Baidu, one of China’s biggest online forums. They blamed him for making China lose face. “China’s 100-year Olympic dream is destroyed,” one netizen said. Another suggested Liu sign up for the Paralympics.

    Ouch indeed.

  4. lauriemacon 19 Aug 2008 at 8:39 am 4

    Yes, I also watched this. Interestingly, the commentator in the UK used the phrase: ‘well, an achilles injury is not necessarily life-threatening but could be career threatening’.

    Firstly, I certainly hope it is not life threatening or we are all in more trouble than we thought.

    Secondly, it did make me think just how lucky I am not to be a pro athlete and to have this injury. It is psychologically difficult for me to start walking properly again but I don’t think my career as a salesman for a storage company is necessarily going to suffer as a result. However, I do really feel for any of you who have either an active job or who are pro athletes as it must be extremely difficult.