SHANGHAI: Chinas Liu Xiang won the Shanghai Diamond League meet 110m hurdles on Saturday in a season-leading 12.97sec as he strengthened his bid to reclaim the Olympic title. Liu won it comfortably from Americas David Oliver and world champion Jason Richardson, to the delight of his screaming home-town fans, before ripping off his vest in an excited celebration.
Oliver timed 13.13 and Richardson clocked 13.16, while world indoor champion Aries Merritt was fourth. With just two months to go, Liu has laid down an important marker for the London Olympics.
Liu became Chinas first Olympic track and field champion at Athens 2004 but four years later, he caused national angst when he dramatically pulled out injured in front of a packed Birds Nest Stadium in Beijing .At last years world championships, Liu took silver behind Richardson in a highly contentious race after he was obstructed by Olympic title-holder Dayron Robles, who was later disqualified.