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Chinese hurdler Liu tags London Olympics "should be" his last (2)


11:30, February 18, 2012

Robles, who set the world record of 12.87 seconds in Ostrava in 2008, won five times in his 12 previous races against Liu.

But the 25-year-old Cuban is determined to level the record by the end of March as after Saturday's race he will race again alongside Liu then in Stockholm indoor tournament and Istanbul world indoor championships where he hopes to usurp the latter as the world indoor champion.

It will also be Liu's first competition in the at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena since he won bronze in the world indoor championships in 2003 at the age of 19.

"I chose to come to Birmingham because it fits in perfectly with my overall plan for 2012 and I have great memories from competing here in 2003."

Elsewhere, Asafa Powell intended to smash his personal best and put in a world-leading performance in Saturday's 60m sprint.

Having never competed indoors in the UK and nowhere globally since 2004 prior to this year, the former world record holder chose this premier annual indoor athletics event to hone preparations for Olympic gold.

He intends to better his indoor personal best of 6.56 secs and Lerone Clarke's world leading 6.50 seconds against a world-class field including world outdoor bronze medallist Kim Collin in Birmingham.

"I'm not going to say if I do well tomorrow. I really think I'm going to do well tomorrow. I'm very confident.

"I'm looking to go below 6.50 seconds. Lerone (Clarke) is here, as is Nesta Carter and Michael Frater as well, so there is some really good competition. A good time is overdue," said Powell, who will be based in Birmingham with the Jamaican team in the lead-up to the London Olympics.

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