Athletics - China Olympic star Liu Xiang retires

Chinese sprinter Liu Xiang (L) is interviewed as he arrives outside the Great Hall of the People for the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing on March 3, 2015. Thousands of delegates from across China and the Chinese leadership will gather for its annual legislature meetings from March 3 in Beijing. AFP PHOTO / Greg BAKER (AFP Photo/GREG BAKER)

- China's greatest track and field athlete Liu Xiang announced his retirement Tuesday, with the injury-plagued Athens 2004 gold medal winner saying he had "no choice" but to bring down the curtain on his trail-blazing career. "From today, I will end my life as a professional athlete and retire formally," the 110m hurdles star said. The 31-year-old's retirement is likely to spark an outpouring of emotion from Chinese sports fans, despite the news being widely expected, particularly since reports last week that an announcement was imminent.

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