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Liu Xiang on the verge of resuming training

FORMER Olympic champion Liu Xiang is on the verge of returning to China to resume training following Achilles tendon surgery two months ago in Houston, Texas.

A statement today on Liu's Web site said he would return to China from the United States in early March, and might resume training sooner than that.

Shanghai-based newspaper the Xinmin Evening News quoted Liu's coach Sun Haiping saying training on the hurdles will only resume when Liu returns to China.

Liu, the 2004 Olympic champion, limped off the track six months ago as he was warming up for his first race at the Beijing Olympics. He underwent surgery in December to remove four small pieces of bone from his right Achilles' tendon.

Liu's coach has said he will compete in the World Championships in August at Berlin if he's able to run the 110-meter hurdles in 13.20 seconds.

Liu is a former world-record holder, 2004 Olympic champion and defending world champion. He established his mark of 12.88 seconds in 2005. His record was surpassed on June 12 by Cuban Dayron Robles (12.87), who also won gold in the Beijing Olympics.


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