One Of The Most Popular Athletes In China Crashes Out Of The Olympics After Tripping Over The First Hurdle

Lui Xiang is one of the most widely loved Chinese Olympic athletes, but he’s once again leaving the games prematurely and in complete disappointment.

Xiang, who was one of the gold medal favourites coming into the event, couldn’t even clear the first hurdle during his 110-meter heat Tuesday. He violently hit the track, injuring his right leg.

Here’s how it happened:

Xiang was ready to go, waving to the crowd as his name was announced right before the race began

China Liu Xiang hits hurdle

Photo: Screen shot via NBC Olympics

But his left foot hit the first hurdle straight on

China Liu Xiang hits hurdle

Photo: Screen shot via NBC Olympics

Xiang took a really bad tumble

China Liu Xiang hits hurdle

Photo: Screen shot via NBC Olympics

It looked even worse from a distance

China Liu Xiang hits hurdle

Photo: Screen shot via NBC Olympics

The crowd couldn’t believe it

China Liu Xiang hits hurdle

Photo: Screen shot via NBC Olympics

But he still finished the race in symbolic fashion, hopping around on one leg before Jackson QuiƱonez of Spain and Andrew Turner of Great Britain carried him off the track (officially, Xiang’s performance went down as a “DNF”)

China Liu Xiang hits hurdle

Photo: Screen shot via NBC Olympics

Xiang would leave in a wheelchair to get his right Achilles tendon examined. He had to withdraw from the Beijing games in 2008 because of a similar injury.

China Liu Xiang hits hurdle

Photo: Screen shot via NBC Olympics

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