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UPDATED: 07:57, July 13, 2006
Liu heat would hinder his future
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The Chinese sports authorities are deeply concerned that the Liu heat would set back the Chinese hurdler's professional future in the international arena after Liu Xiang renewed the 110-meter hurdles world record in 12.88 seconds in a super Grand Prix meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland on Tuesday.

"Liu Xiang can not escape from the fans' annoyance and continuous media coverage, and an inevitable new wave of Liu's heat will sweep across China, which surely will affect his systematic training," said Yu Weili, vice general coach of the Chinese track and field team.

"Liu Xiang had to handle endless commercial and social activities once he marked an impressive result, and these disturbances put him in a unfavorable position whenever a race happened in China, which turned out to be most likely less satisfactory results in domestic events."

"You can see drug scrutinizers present a pile of signing books and cards for Liu's signature, and photographers shoot all their flash when Liu started off and furthermore throngs of reporters and journalists poured into Liu's landing hotel to squeeze messages. By this way, how could you expect Liu Xiang to leave himself any room to rest, to train and to win," added Yu.

Liu, who equaled Briton Colin Jackson's world mark of 12.91 seconds in the 2004 Olympics, roused millions of Chinese aspiring after him and lines of commercial contracts in China.

Nowadays, the Chinese sports authorities and Chinese track and field professionals worried that Liu's day-to-day training would be interrupted and he would be confined to an unbearable life after he shattered the 13-year-old record in the Lausanne super Grand Prix meeting.

The 12.91 par-world-record gold in the Athens Olympics brought Liu immediate reputation and fortune, but also swallowed his "freedom" as he had been binding up to all kind of social invitations, which clearly inflicted Liu's designated daily training out of order and plunged him into weariness physically and mentally after 18 events in a yearly series.

Liu's surprise gold in Athens combined with his good-looking make him the "Chinese Beckham", but the mushroom success clouded him to only register despondent performances all through 2005 with a best time of 13.05, which was much owing to too much off-track interests.

Prior to the new world record, Liu's second best time was 13.05 made in last year's series behind his best 12.91 in Athens. To break the record in 12.88 with only his second entry within 13 seconds does not often happen at the track.

Liu adorned his 23rd birthday, two days later from the super Grand Prix meeting in Lausanne, with a new world record.

And immediately, the Chinese sports authorities are calling urgently for a quiet life and undisturbed training environment for Liu following China's first-ever honor in the world track sprint, who is the pinup of the Chinese for their best dream of winning a sprint gold in the Beijing Olympics.

Source: Xinhua

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