Inspiring Injured Hurdler Finishes London 2012 Race With Help From Competitors
In one of the most inspiring moments of the London 2012 Olympics so far – Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang refuses to give up and manages to finish the 400m hurdlers despite falling and badly injuring his Achilles.
The former Olympic Gold Medal winner and record holder who has been plagued by injury since 2004, suffered heartbreak, by falling at the very first hurdle.
Liu seemed to have flared up his Achielles problem, which also caused him to pull out of the 2008 Olympics, but the 29-year-old was determined to finish what could be one of his last Games ever.
Despite being offered a wheelchair and beginning to walk out of the stadium, Liu then refused to be beat and managed to complete the 400m, with help from his competitors.
Great Britain’s Andy Turner, the heat winner, helped him to hop the rest of the track whilst the crowd cheered the former champion on.
Turner said that Liu was an inspiration for him and that he wouldn’t wish his ordeal on ‘his worst enemy’.
Turner added: "I regard him as probably the best hurdler in history and have so much respect for him. It was horrible seeing him limp off like that so you have to go and help people."
What a great show of sportsmanship! What have your favourite moments of the London 2012 Games been so far?