Winners never quit-amazing story of Olympic gold medalist Liu Xiang
Liu Xiang was the first in a men’s track and field event for China, or any Asian country to achieve the ‘triple crown’ of athletics – World Record Holder, World Champion and Olympic Champion. He was the gold medal winner at 2004 Summer Olympics, Athens in 110 metres hurdles race.
But after 2004, he was unable to participate because he developed a leg injury called ‘Achilles tendon’.
He worked hard all the years to get back to London Olympics in 2012. It was clear before the race that this moment was special for him. He wanted to fulfil his dream to get the second gold medal in Olympics.
When the game started, Xiang fell while running and was not able to cross even the first hurdle as a result of his leg injury. In spite of the injury, he hobbled to the side of the track and hopped on one foot to finish the race until he stopped to kiss the last hurdle.
When that slow, awkward trek was complete, another hurdler, Balazs Baji of Hungary, went over and raised Liu’s hand in the air, as if to signify he was the winner.
He lost the game, but he finished the race even after knowing that he lost it.
Everyone thrives to win a race. But sometimes, even coming last in a race can earn you respect. Liu Xiang lost the race, yet became a role model for millions of sports lovers around the world.