Olympics 2012

Fourie reaches hurdles semis

2012-08-07 12:03
Lehann Fourie (File)
London - South Africa’s Lehann Fourie is through to the semi-finals of the men's 110m hurdles after finishing second in his heat in a time of 13:49 at the London Olympic Games on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Chinese athletics icon Liu Xiang suffered more Olympic pain as he crashed out of his heat.

The 29-year-old - who four years ago withdrew from the event in front of his home crowd before the opening heat - hit the first hurdle with his left leading leg and crashed to the ground.

Liu, who had been affected by back and foot problems in the past month, eventually got up and hopped down the track to be embraced by his fellow competitors.

Liu's dream of winning gold in front of his home crowd at the Beijing Olympics had ended in one of the great Olympic anti-climaxes as he turned up for his heat but failed to clear a hurdle hindered by his Achilles tendon injury.


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