Athletics-China's Liu seeks further foot treatment in U.S.

BEIJING, Aug 19 (Reuters)- China’s former Olympic champion high hurdler Liu Xiang has returned to the United States looking for reassurance from doctors about his injured foot, local media reported.

The 27-year-old underwent an operation in the United States in late 2008 on the damaged Achilles tendon that forced him out of the Beijing Olympics but he felt sharp pain again after months of heavy training, his father told the Beijing Youth Daily.

“He has trained harder since June and the foot had some reaction,” Liu Xuegen told the paper. “So he wanted to consult the American doctors as to whether such training is harmful to his foot, and whether such pain is within the normal limit.”

Former 110 metres hurdles Olympic and world champion Liu has completed only six races since the Beijing Games, most recently at the Diamond League meeting in his home city of Shanghai in May.

In that race he clocked 13.40 seconds, well behind the former world record of 12.88 he ran in 2006.

Liu has been given one of China’s two berths in the high hurdles for November’s Asian Games in Guangzhou, which will be his only remaining race this year.

“If the medical check allows, he will keep on training intensively,” his father said. (Reporting by Liu Zhen and Nick Mulvenney, editing by Peter Rutherford; To query or comment on this story email