Hurdler Liu Xiang's Historic Gold Display in Athens 2004 | Olympics on the Record

Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang has an Olympic past full of heartache but also has a historic gold medal to his name from the Athens 2004 games. Find more about the story behind Record-breaking moments in "The Olympics on the Record" series: /> Subscribe to the official Olympic channel here: /> Visit the Olympic Channel, where the Games never end:

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Michael McEvoy
So much consideration and humanity displayed in this story. Olympic Channel is unlike any other on this platform with such rich history and footage archive to draw upon. Epic
Jehmmy Jamaun
Thats right he deserve for thanks not forgiveness...
Jake Li
I am Chinese and I am grateful for What LIU Xiang brought to Chinese sports, especially in track and fields.
A Li
mans cried in 2008 when he was injured he is a national hero no forgiving needed
Curious Cat
It´s athletes like him that break barriers for their countries and inspire others to follow their steps. I´m sure more chinese athletes will want to follow his footsteps now.
Henry Gao
so glad to watch something in a neutral side. Because usually US reporters say Liu Xiang imitated other US athletes movement and that cause his success. Which is untrue, so glad @Olympics you guys say everything in neutral way, and not being arrogant.
Am holding back my tears. You are a hero. 你是英雄,你很棒。❤️
Sir Koswara
all athlete that represents their country deserves thanks
Malang Sufi
No one understand the pressure, those who doubt I recommend to put on his shoes and carry his legacy just for one week and see how you do.
The Secret History
People tend to forget he was young, 21, when he won gold, but 4 years later your bodies will take a toll on you. Bodies aren't built the same 4 years after, especially you will pull a muscle when running super fast and jumping very high. Another reason Olympic althetes usually retired within the next two Olympics. He should be proud for what he did for his country and will forever be in the sport history books. Applause are needed. 👏👏👏
Fang Kun Han
Liu Xiang inspired me to do hurdles in high school, and within the four years I have fallen many times, once during a race, and many times in practices. And my both knees have scars from the edge of the hurdles. I couldn't imagine how much more effort Liu has put in to become an Olympic champion.
Rob C
People get old, athletes deteriorate. Doesn't change the fact that he's still a hero to the country by winning its first and ever gold medal in track and field.
Anybody else really like the commentator’s voice!?
Eric Lee Piano
that's the first time i saw an asian guy beat a bunch of black guys 😱
Lee Jia Cherng
As if 2008 was not enough, the last chance for him to compete in the Olympics in 2012 was the same as well..
doli99 sjyiao
Vicky Chahool
Liu xiang you are the greatest athlete of 110 hurdle. You are always in my heart
mikhail rascalov
4th just out of the medals
Alex Lesski
Jimmy Qoo
I remember watching him on TV with my family that night in China. When he bailed out twice that night... everything fell quiet... I could feel the disappointment lurking in the room.
ngawang lungtok
I am a Tibetan dude who aspired to be a hurdler because of Liu. I happen to see his picture in one of the sports magazine when I was a kid( he won gold at athens), read article on him even though I couldn't understand everything that was written but still he caught my attention and admiration. I took hurdle in my tracks but wasn't able to make it through because it is the most demanding track in track and field. Your legs get overstretched and your career is finished.
hoang the thang
He deserve thanks many thanks for whole Asian.
Keshav Academy
He deserve A BIG THANKS🏅👍
Olivia Lambert
Hurdles is hard, but its not "really really" hard. At least not compared to the other sports. I used to do athletics, hurdles and pole vault primarily, though I could do most events reasonably well (even high jump as a midget). Whilst its true the guys hurdles are significantly higher than the girls, I'd played about with hurdles at a higher height to simulate what it would be like for guys doing the high hurdles. Its tricky but its not obscene. I had a very unusual technique in that I would switch legs each hurdle, usually people will take 3 strides and jump (for the guys). Switching sides makes it significantly more difficult, but even with that it was still on par with other events like throwing or long jump rather than something "really really" hard like pole vault. Clearing the hurdles is surprisingly easy, running is obviously easy, everything else is just something you learn through practice. Stride pattern and drawing yourself down so you clear the hurdle by the lowest possible margin being the two key areas. I tried a conventional stride pattern and even stretching as far as possible I couldn't make it, adding 2 steps in slowed me down a lot, which is why I took the choice to learn to switch legs (and haven't seen anyone else with a technique like it).
Roy B2st
Not only china is sad with liu xiang..all over the world..i was 12 years old watching beijing olympics and i am a fan of all CHINA..tx to him..china in track&field is alive..not human is perfect,so be understand to him..
Mark Egan
What happened to pole vault as the most technically demanding discipline?
Thank you sir liu!! Hats off
Jeanne Lin
I remember being in China in the summer of 2012 and he was EVERYWHERE. I think because olympics were going on he was so hyped up. I can’t imagine the amount of pressure this man carried
Thanks, Liu Xiang for all you have done us proud.
Jason Altham
Regardless of what happened in subsequent Olympic Games, One day in 2004 he became an Olympic Champion. That has no expiration date.
Hurdler For Life99
Liu Xiang is the best hurdler in my opinion. Filthy Robles hit him but he still got gold in my view.
Mighty Lightning
ervin zhou
Love you Liu!!!
Savage 101
The speaker sounds like John Boyega
*Ranabethia* *Plays*
Lol I do hurdles and I came 2nd in nationals it's not that hard and I actually started that year I was scared but once I try it it's actually easy but I'm really fast and prefer normal sprinting
Nirwash Nongmaithem
my fav athlete ever.. respect!
Charles Cai
zhanat zaurbeckova
What happened with him?
Gavin Adkins
I don’t get why he was disqualified
AriYu 9988
Come on China he did win the final race position! I hope they didn't behead Liu Xiang!!!
Ine Max
In China, we are so pround of having him as always! Never need to forgive him, cause he done nothing wrong. Tbh, when that happened, too sudden to know how to react, shocked and heartbroken. But later, as long as he appeared in the ground, ppl were cheering for him there and behind the TV, why these images aren't in this video? He is our hero, no doubt and never changed.
Владимир Ленин
Not bad winning against all those blacks that get practice from running away from police and lions.
Tyran Mathurin
We may never know if it truly was an injury that prevented Liu from competing at the Beijing Olympics. But one thing's for sure, these athletes do feel like the weight of an entire country (if not world) is upon them, when expectations are very high and everyone is looking up to them. And few athletes could handle that sort of pressure! People need to understand this! Sometimes it's better to keep silent and just let the athlete go out to compete. And then, afterwards, you can make all your noises in celebration.
the dislikes are China
they give him so much pressure.
that final line hit me hard tho
R.I.P Jonghyun SHINee
I saw someone breaking world record hurdling and the crowd had to do waves and such
larry lovehandle
Why would you hire a narrator with a serious speech impediment? Affirmative action is really getting out of control.
Do a video on Lin Dan in 2008
Nathan Sornsovan
Wait so what happened to him
عبدالعزيز الشهري
He disappears early
He got injured. At times the video acts like he was healthy and underperformed.
Hahah that noise
Rami Samout
He Will Always be an inspiration . As an athlète, he was my childhood champ , the Idol that i look tout be like. Now ,he is a hero , a legend that i will never forget and a success story that i will tell my children about . Respect Liu 👍👏
Max de Carvalho
2004 is before 2008. I don't understand is there a mistake? This is confusing isn't it?
I remember directly when this happened, so sad😢and London 2012 as well. Regardless, Liu Xiang is a living legend and should be remembered by all people that appreciate track and field.
Arnav Aggarwal
Watching so many disappointed Chinese people is so satisfying to watch
Kat V.C
Such a sad moment!
12.88? About the time it takes me to get out of bed in the morning...
Blaine Klein
well yea he’s a warrior from mortal kombat
Jerome Samuels-Clarke
Watch on x2 speed...
Matthew Chen
im confused what happened
David John Au
Is that John Boyega commentating?
No Name
I've always wondered...has any Asian athlete besides Liu Xiang won an Olympic gold in a sprint event?
Willie Yuan
in 2008 Liu was over the Hill, or over the the peak.
ImSleeep lol
So many Chinese patriots in the comments
hao shen
Ikhsan Daffa
man if u had achiless injury.. even running fast is hard plus jump? well man..
Nolan Wengerd
XD I love how you say hurdles is hard, it's really not, I have about 3 gold medals for 110 metre hurdles in 8th grade
John Boyega Narrating?
Axis Highlights TV
I never knew bruce lee runs fast hMMMMMMmMmmmm?!?
ramaya prasanna
he is just amazing
Jinson George
Ever heard about Sachin Tendulkar
Wei Wang
absolutely he is a hero to us.
Rolando Jr. Antonio
China must be thankful to him. He bring honor not only to Chinese people but for the rest of Asian race.
Barney Booth
John Boyega with the commentary...
Jon S
L Martinez
Seems too much pressure and expectations on one guy
Neal Thefs
HAHA China
austin kha
I remember watching his world record run back when I was in high school
Why was there no restart for him??
niKolAs A7X
He said Hurdlers is the most technical discipline of them all.... have you ever tried hammer throw??Do you know how much technical it is?Have you made any reasearch?It takes YEARS to make it to an olympic podium in the hammer.Most of the hammer throwers dont reach the medal position before 30 years of age...which means 15-18 years of training.....
david yen
China weak genes its expected
The guy in lane 1 in the last race hit every hurdle lmao
moRo Mogu
中国・日本共に素晴らしい人がいて 素晴らしい技術があるのに何故 尊重し合えないのか そして、どーして互いに心の目を向けることが出来ないのか…
Eylinne Hunter
yaqub shah
I am an indian...... wish india could learn from china..... its curse to be born in india and thinking of sports...
Xiang no longer has a world record. Two players ran faster. But none of them has ever matched his achievements. Merrit and Robels were Olympic champions, just like Liu. But the whole of your career is important. Apart from the Olympic gold, none of them achieved anything great. Xiang has 4 medals of the world championships. Merrit, only one. Robles, not one. XIANG, YOU ARE GREAT! Athletics fans will never forget you.
Bryan Agostini
Steroids though?
Ryan Noy
Jyotirmoy Deka
dwon da
He is an oddity in China. Most Chinese are incompetent at doing anything athletic.
尊敬するわ 👍
Quentin Louisiana
while 900 million live in poverty
I remember seeing this.. before his final I looked up his previous races and gold medal win in Athens.. so I was rooting for him.. unfortunate that he couldn’t compete due to his injury.. chin up Liu, u did ur country proud!