The Gazzetta dello Sport published an article about the leg injury of Liu Xiang. Was he really injured or was this a faked injury.
Why should Liu Xiang do that? The reason is simple. It's about insurance money. Not so much, but 13 million dollars is a lot of money in China. The story is that Liu Xiang sufferd a long time from an older injury. In fact he was not in top condition when he had to start for his promised magic race. His coach told at a press-conference: even ice-packs and prayers had no result.
Of course that was about the old injury and nobody should hear that. So the Chinese did what the always do. Cut the lines out the interview and nobody knows. Well officially not, but now we know.
There is no confirmation of this story and i don't expect it will ever come. But when you look to all pictures and videos of this "unexpected injury" of The Pride of China, mr Liu Xiang you can see that he is very busy to show everybody that he has a lot of pain. His coach is crying and crying, all Chines are crying and are in a deep shcok. The whole nation is in a shock, teras go everywhere, but Liu Xiang isn't crying at all. You can't see any frustration on his face. He is doing his best to look good to the camera's, his face shows some pain.
After that he told the press that he wouldn't take any risk. That is also strange when you trained for many years and you are the expected gold medal winner. That pressure was big. Too big, specially when you are still injured, not recoverd from that and not in topcondition. Than you have to decide to take the gamble to go for gold. Finally Liu Xiang decided to go for the money.
So he can stay in the memories of all Chinese as the man who should certainly grab gold, but he hadn;t the chanse to proof that because of a nasty and not expected injury. Liu Xiang told already that he shall be faster then before. He is plannning a come-back after a good recovery form his injury.