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SHANGHAI---Retired Chinese star Liu Xiang
watched from the crowd as his American rival David
Oliver won the men s 110-metre hurdles in 13.17
seconds at the Shanghai Diamond League meet
Liu still got the loudest ovation from the hometown
fans. He got the victory lap, too.
Liu, who became one of China s most celebrated
athletes after winning the hurdles gold at the 2004
Athens Olympics, retired a month ago at the age of
31 due to recurring injuries, depriving Chinese fans
of farewell races in Shanghai and at the world cham-
pionships in Beijing in August.
With Liu not in the race, Oliver edged Cuban hur-
dler Orlando Ortega by 0.02 seconds. World record
holder Aries Merritt of the United States was third.
After the race, a tearful Liu was honoured in a cer-
emony on the track and then jogged around the sta-
dium with Merritt and Oliver.
"I have been moved by your concern for me, your
understanding and your encouragement," Liu told
the crowd. "I am grateful and very honoured."
Oliver recalled racing against Liu in front of a rau-
cous crowd in Shanghai.
"He had to go out (before the race) and quiet down
the crowd, and it was like, Man, he s got a lot of
support here. That s very cool. You know as an Amer-
ican, we don t really see that type of stuff for us,"
Also yesterday, Nigeria s Blessing Okagbare signaled
she may be the woman to beat in the women s 100
metres at the world championships, capturing the
gold against a strong field that included two-time
world and Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-
Pryce of Jamaica.
Almaz Ayana won the women s 5,000 with the
third fastest time ever of 14 minutes, 14.32 seconds.
The 23-year-old Ethiopian was just three seconds
shy of breaking countrywoman Tirunesh Dibaba s
Okagbare got a strong start in the 100 and held
off a fast-closing Tori Bowie of the United States to
win in 10.98. Bowie was second in 11.07, just ahead
of Trinidad and Tobago s Michelle-Lee Ahye in 11.13.
"I focused on my start and it went well," Okagbare
said. "Normally I haven t the best start but now I
was leading from the beginning."
Fraser-Pryce faded over the last 50 metres to finish
fifth in 11.25, well off her personal best of 10.70.
Coming off a season of injuries and inconsistent
results, the Jamaican is hoping to recapture her top
sprinting form before the worlds, where she s the
defending champion in the 100 and 200. She said
before the Shanghai meet that she may only run the
100 if the season takes a toll on her body.
"I always have my work cut out. Nobody hands
anything to me," Fraser-Pryce said after the race, still
smiling despite the result. "I think it s just one of
those races---you go back, you have faith and you
just move on from here. It s not the first time I m
Ayana took the lead about halfway through the
women s 5,000 and built a huge advantage, beating
silver medalist Viola Jelagat Kibiwot of Kenya by 26
seconds and smashing her own personal best by 11
"I didn t know I was so close to the world record.
I started with a pace for 14:20. During the race, I
went faster and faster," she said. "I was surprised
that my body could do that."
The much-anticipated duel in the men s high jump
between Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar, the 2014 world
indoor champion, and Bohdan Bondarenko of Ukraine,
the 2013 world outdoor champion, never really mate-
rialised as Barshim easily cleared 2.38 meters on his
first attempt to win gold, while Bondarenko could
do no better than 2.32 for silver.
Even though he still had two attempts left, Barshim
opted not to attempt to match Javier Sotomayor s
22-year-old world record of 2.45 meters. Both Barshim
and Bondarenko have inched closer to the record in
the past year, with the Qatari coming within 2 cen-
timetres at a meet in Belgium last September.
Olympic champion Kirani James of Grenada dom-
inated the field in the men s 400, winning in 44.66---
nearly a full second ahead of Tony McQuay of the
United States in second. Defending world champion
LaShawn Merritt was third.
Oliver wins, but Xiang
gets the applause
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