By Huram Hung, World-Track
Former 110metres hurdles Olympic champion and world record holder Liu Xiang will return to competition after a yearlong foot injury absence at the Shanghai Golden Grand Prix later this month.
Liu, who is preparing for the Asian Athletics Championship in November and the East Asian Games in December, was cleared by the Chinese Athletic Association after doctors confirmed his foot injury had healed enough for him to return to competition, meeting organizers said in a statement on Saturday.
"Liu’s recovery training has been a systematic process, and competing in various competitions is an important part of it," the organizers said.
This "will be his first post-injury competition, but it will take some time for him to return to top form as he just started to wear spikes again."
Lui, who limped off the track at the Beijing Olympic last summer during his 110m hurdles heat with an injury, set a world record of 12.88 seconds for the event in 2005, but Cuba’s Dayron Robles lowered the mark to 12.87 last year.
"After being away for over one year, he is eager to return to the competition as early as possible," the statement said.
He will race against American Terrence Trammell in the event in Shanghai.
The announcement came a day after Jamaican triple world and Olympic champion and world record holder Usain Bolt confirmed he would not take part at the Shanghai event due to fatigue. His fellow countryman and former world record holder Asafa Powell and American Tyson Gay, the second fastest 100m runner ever behind Bolt, are also said to be out of the running to compete at meeting as well.