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Champion hurdler Liu Xiang considers Shanghai event

CHINESE champion hurdler Liu Xiang may appear at the Shanghai Golden Grand Prix next month as he has almost recovered from a foot tendon injury, a local newspaper reported today.

Liu is having special training with spiked shoes to assist the recovery as well as prepare for the event, Oriental Morning Post said.

He was allowed to continue training after a check-up by Houston Rockets doctor Tom Clanton last week who flew in specially from the United States.

Clanton was satisfied about the recovery of Liu's tendon.

"The medical check showed the tendon had recovered well. So we agreed for him to resume training with spiked shoes," director of Huashan Hospital Sports Medicine Research Center, Chen Shiyi, was quoted as saying. Liu will receive irregular medical checks for a long term in the future, Chen added.

Liu hasn't run with spike for more than a year but "felt quite good and excited during training these days," he was quoted as saying.

However he is not fully recovered from the injury and will still feel tendon pain during training. Chen said Liu had more than 90 percent recovered from the injury and needed a longer time for full recovery.

Liu won the gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens in the 110-meter hurdles event in a record time of 12.91 seconds. However injury stopped him from defending the title at last summer's Beijing Games.

He went to the United States for surgery on the tendon last December.


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