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:

Jehmmy Jamaun
Thats right he deserve for thanks not forgiveness...
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
A Li
mans cried in 2008 when he was injured he is a national hero no forgiving needed
Anybody else really like the commentator’s voice!?
Jake Li
I am Chinese and I am grateful for What LIU Xiang brought to Chinese sports, especially in track and fields.
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.
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.
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.
Billy Koswara
all athlete that represents their country deserves thanks
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. 👏👏👏
Am holding back my tears. You are a hero. 你是英雄,你很棒。❤️
doli99 sjyiao
Eric Lee Piano
that's the first time i saw an asian guy beat a bunch of black guys 😱
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.
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.
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.
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.
E-Beggarnazere Lembe
Liu Xiang is the best hurdler in my opinion. Filthy Robles hit him but he still got gold in my view.
Abraham Almendarez
6 foot 2 is short?!
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…
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.
hoang the thang
He deserve thanks many thanks for whole Asian.
Avicii Dreamer
Viktor Kjær
I can only said thanks to Liu Xiang which gave so much victory in track & fields. As an Asian myself, Liu Xiang made us believe that Asian can also be champion in track & fields. Thank you so much Legend !
Beltran Silva
Roses are red Violets are blue What ever you do There is an Asian better than you
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.
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..
yaqub shah
I am an indian...... wish india could learn from china..... its curse to be born in india and thinking of sports...
hao shen
vaibhav uchil
Saw that live. It was a great moment as an Asian to see one of us win the Olympic Track Gold medal. Liu gave us hope!
Nirwash Nongmaithem
my fav athlete ever.. respect!
Vicky Chahool
Liu xiang you are the greatest athlete of 110 hurdle. You are always in my heart
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..
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 👍👏
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.
Thanks, Liu Xiang for all you have done us proud.
Keshav Academy
He deserve A BIG THANKS🏅👍
they give him so much pressure.
Thank you sir liu!! Hats off
4:49 Sorry! You must stop here now..
Gimme the Loot
An Olympic champion, a world champion, a world record holder, i say he did more than enough.
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
dawa sherpa
it's ok lui xang ...u r the champion...and a believer....the master of ur sea
The guy in lane 1 in the last race hit every hurdle lmao
Alex Lesski
Charles Cai
mikhail rascalov
4th just out of the medals
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).
He's a real hero in China! !
4:38 this guy just went straight up BEAST on that last stretch
Jun Kun
He is the hero!
Rolando Jr. Antonio
China must be thankful to him. He bring honor not only to Chinese people but for the rest of Asian race.
Mark Egan
What happened to pole vault as the most technically demanding discipline?
AriYu 9988
ervin zhou
Love you Liu!!!
Marcus Production
Made in China 🇨🇳
Julio Ezequiel
True champion, no doubts !
Jack is not in the box
尊敬するわ 👍
Ikhsan Daffa
man if u had achiless injury.. even running fast is hard plus jump? well man..
Squilliam Fancyson
I don’t get why he was disqualified
zhanat zaurbeckova
What happened with him?
Mighty Lightning
Jinson George
Ever heard about Sachin Tendulkar
Jon S
the dislikes are China
Arnav Aggarwal
Watching so many disappointed Chinese people is so satisfying to watch
Come on China he did win the final race position! I hope they didn't behead Liu Xiang!!!
judah miles
Your voice sounds like Usain bolt.And i like it😊
zhu cenglin
The Olympic game is a money grab scam that builds on people’s national proud. It gets country into debt and destroy local economy.
Billy Crozier
He looks Japanese
Yize Dong
Really well made video, taking the creative decision to not follow chronological order but rather making a logical way to focus on his achievements.
riceball 270
4:27 the guy on the far right hit basically every hurdle
Carlos Lopez
Are you guys act like I owe you something I don't owe you nothing
Tony Jennings
I was there when he bailed. I actually have video of it.
that final line hit me hard tho
Garry Sekelli
again amazing that a black man isn't the best.
Dragon Energy
Why does China allow injuried athletes to compete instead of having 2nd best or in some cases previous WR and defending champs have their 2nd/3rd defense?
IckySticky 1
For a generally longer torso versus shorter torso has some variant advantages over others and vice versa, the Orient folk generally have longer upper and shorter legs and thick ankles. Which isn't ideal for running and jumping. All in the genetics, are athletics fair? Only if you think like an animal. At the same time challenges should remain, we as humans could and do various activities in order to explore our own virtue.
Fidel Bocanegra
4:06 frozone
Neetu Chahar
Penguins Jehns
Chinese people need to chill they got to understand that they can’t build as much testosterone as we can.
R.I.P Jonghyun SHINee
I saw someone breaking world record hurdling and the crowd had to do waves and such
0:45 it looks like bruce lee
I blame the coach and his team for not getting him healthy after 2004 Athens. It's so weird and such a big failure to simply couldn't finish the race. I bet Liu was under tremendous pressure to run every race between 2004-2008 in order to keep his publicity and endorsement values.
Chloe Garcia
Yea. Hurdles are really really hard. I do hurdles and I'm a 200 m hurdles and it takes a lot of practice
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.
music at the start??
алым кулов
Китаец с короткими ногами выйгрывает негров-это достойно уважения!
Adil Khan
Liu looks like Bruce Lee
Chao Wu
I was a senior at graduate school in Beijing in 2004. I remember a few of my schoolmates gathered in front of a small TV in a packed dorm room. We were young, excited, and yet all skeptical that a Chinese athlete could actually win a gold in track. When Liu's lead becomes clear at the last few hurdles, the shout can be heard throughout the campus and gets louder when he touches finish line. Still the all-time best Olympic moment for me, partly because of Liu, partly because of the short-lived youthful years (just like Liu's career). 14 years later, the memory lives on...
CBS 70sfan
Wow. I thought this was going to be a sad story. He was already an Olympic champion. Who cares if a person wins a championship at home or away? The fact remains that he won it.
Kamaru Deen
Hardwork never fail
Saanvi Sharma
237 Americans disliked this Video
Prasanta Patra
At least he got his gold medal in the Olympic prior
Hapoploper Fernandez
That was beautiful