Xiang wins hurdle race in Japan

2012-05-06 14:32

Kawasaki - China's Olympic hope Liu Xiang stepped up his preparations for the 110m hurdles at the London Games with a victory at the Seiko Golden Grand Prix meet on Sunday.

Liu, the 2004 Olympic champion and 2007 world champion, clocked 13.09 seconds to finish .24 seconds ahead of Omo Osaghae of the United States. American Ronald Brookins was third in 13.69.

"Considering there was some wind and rain today I am satisfied with the time," Liu said. "This was my first outdoor race of the season, so it was a good result."

Looking ahead to London, he added: "For all athletes, the Olympics are special. There are a lot of strong rivals so you just have to concentrate on your own conditioning and training."

Liu's victory follows a flawless 60m hurdles final in 7.41 seconds at the Birmingham Grand Prix in February to finish almost a tenth of a second ahead of world record-holder Dayron Robles in their first meeting since last year's world championships.

Allyson Felix of the United States won the women's 100m race on Sunday in 11.22, finishing .16 seconds ahead of Melissa Breen of Australia. Chisato Fukushima of Japan was third in 11.39.

"It was a bit crazy with the weather but I just tried to stay focused," Felix said. "You never know what can happen in a major competition like this when the conditions aren't ideal."

Felix, a two-time Olympic silver medallist over 20m, said she is working hard to win the gold in London.

"I don't feel desperate, I feel very motivated," Felix said. "I've had a lot of time to think about being a silver medallist. It's definitely something that has been making me work hard and hopefully it was all come together."

China's Su Bingtian beat American competition to win the men's 100m race in 10.04, finishing .01 seconds ahead of Mike Rodgers, with Kim Collins third in 10.07.