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LinkAsia | Aug 10
Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang won China's first ever men's track and field gold medal at the 2004 Athens games, but bowed out in Beijing due to injury....
Now over in China, the country has huge hopes for the London Olympics. Xinhua, the official news agency, predicts that China will become number one in the medal count, winning more gold, silver and bronze than the United States. To see who some of these medalists might be, we got in touch with sports editor Li Xing from 3G, an online news agency in Beijing.
Li Xing, Sports Editor:
The Chinese athletes to focus on are Liu Xiang for the 110-meter hurdles, Li Na for women's tennis, and Sun Yang for men's freestyle swimming. Among these, there's no doubt that the one to focus on is Liu Xiang. He's an iconic figure in Chinese sports. Liu Xiang is the central topic, not just of sports fans, but of the more than one billion Chinese people everywhere, especially after he pulled out of the race in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and hit bottom, and after years of recovery and effort. He just recently ran an incredible race, matching the world record of 12.87 seconds, which is making everyone even more excited about him. At the London Olympics, every move Liu Xiang makes, as well as his final performance, will be in focus. Of the other sports, aside from the traditional sports that China excels in, men's basketball will also receive a lot of attention.
Li Xing is the sports editor for 3G, an online news agency.