London 2012: China's greatest hope Liu Xiang falls at first hurdle

 

China's Liu Xiang kisses his hurdle after falling in a men's 110-meter hurdles heat during the athletics. The Chinese star athlete won the gold in the same event in 2004. His hopes were dashed by injury in 2008. AP

 

China's Liu Xiang, left, fails to clear a hurdle in a men's 110-meter hurdles heat as he competes alongside Hungary's Balazs Baji during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium. AP

 

China's Liu Xiang kisses his hurdle after falling in a men's 110-meter hurdles heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium. AP

 

China's Liu Xiang sits on the track after suffering an injury in his men's 110m hurdles round 1 heat. Reuters

 

China's Liu Xiang hops off the track after falling in a men's 110-meter hurdles heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium. AP

 

China's Liu Xiang is helped off the track by Britain's Andrew Turner, left, and Spain's Jackson Quinonez after falling in a men's 110-meter hurdles heat. AP