05.29.06

Liu Xiang Wins at the Prefontaine

Posted in Track and Field/Athletics at 7:10 am by Nicole

The star-studded men’s 110-meter hurdles race at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon went China’s way a couple of hours ago, as reigning Olympic gold medalist Liu Xiang defeated defending world champion Ladji Doucoure (France, second place); four-time world champion Allen Johnson (USA, third); and U.S. star Dominique Arnold (did not finish) for the most prestigious spring track title available on U.S. soil. The United States isn’t a big track and field country, but don’t tell that to the fans at the “Pre” – it’s an extraordinary event with first-class organization. Full results available here.

Liu Xiang is one of China’s best-known athlete product endorsers, with contracts for China Mobile and the Chinese express mail service EMS among others. That’s gotten him into some trouble with the Chinese public. Here, an article from Reuters courtesy of SuperAthletics (South Africa) detailing Liu Xiang’s links to the tobacco industry.

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