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    Liu Xiang is back

    Liu claims hurdles gold as China beats Asian Games medals record

    (CNN) -- China's star hurdler Liu Xiang bounced back from his Olympic Games disappointment to claim his third successive Asian Games gold medal, but Wednesday's action was marred by a second positive drug test by a Uzbekistani athlete.

    Liu limped out before his first 110-meters hurdles heat in Beijing two years ago, but has since recovered from an Achilles injury and returned to form on home soil with victory in Guangzhou.

    The 27-year-old headed off teammate Shi Dongpeng in a record time of 13.09 seconds in front of 80,000 people as he bettered the marks he set in winning in Qatar four years ago and South Korea in 2002.

    "My coach always has confidence in me. I am confident of myself too. I am quite sure of my form," the former world record holder told the Xinhua news agency.

    "The Asian Games is important to me, and after that I will focus on the preparation for the 2011 world championships as well as the 2012 London Olympics."

    Shi clocked a season's best time of 13.38 while South Korea's Park Taek Yong claimed the bronze medal in 13.48.

    With three days of competition remaining, China leads with 173 gold medals and 352 in total -- beating its previous record of 342 in Beijing 20 years ago. The nation is also on target to beat its unprecedented 183 titles from that same year.

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    Here's video footage of the race. If you check the slow-mo from behind the start line at 7:05, Liu is visibly rocking back in the blocks when the gun goes off.

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    Would love to see him, Robles and Oliver battle it out this summer. Hopefully those three former/current/future? WR holders can stay healthy this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T-Slow View Post
    Here's video footage of the race. If you check the slow-mo from behind the start line at 7:05, Liu is visibly rocking back in the blocks when the gun goes off.
    I see him dropping his knee

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