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Liu Races From Shanghai To The Beijing Conference

THIRTEEN seconds was more than enough for Liu Xiang to cross 10 hurdles and grab an Olympic gold medal in 2004, but it took the Chinese hurdler two years to arrive at the political arena as he appeared yesterday, for the first time, at the annual session of the country's top advisory body.

Liu's debut at the annual session of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference captured the interest of reporters.

Liu, who has been in the United States for tendon-injury treatment, previously said he would be absent from this year's session.

He was also absent from the advisory session last March, when he was in Spain to compete in the World Indoor Championships.

He returned to China on Sunday and spent one day in his hometown Shanghai before going to Beijing on Tuesday evening.

"As a new political adviser, I am honored to be here to perform my duty," he read from a statement.


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