Update: Liu Xiang Misses Race With Tight Hamstring

From Sports Illustrated:

Chinese track and field athlete was scheduled to compete in this Saturday’s Reebok Grand Prix event in New York. Liu had to drop out of the event due to a tight hamstring but appeared track-side to greet flag-waving fans. Liu’s coach, Sun Haiping is no doubt protecting the star athlete from injury before his much anticipated Olympic performance.

NEW YORK (AP) -Chinese hurdles star Liu Xiang scratched from the Reebok Grand Prix on Saturday due to tightness in his right hamstring.

Liu, the defending Olympic gold medalist in the 110 hurdles, told race organizers he still hoped to compete next Sunday at the Prefontaine Classic. His coach, Sun Haiping, wasn’t as optimistic.

“Given his condition, it looks like it would be difficult for him to compete,” Sun said.

Liu Xiang competed in and won last year’s Reebok Grand Prix event. Watch exciting YouTube footage of Liu winning the 2007 Reebok Grand Prix:

Read complete results from the 2008 Reebok Grand Prix here.

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