London. Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang will go under the knife in London on Wednesday after a serious Achilles tendon tear put him out of the London Olympics, an official said.
The former 110-meter hurdles gold medallist, whose heartbreaking injury exit for the second Games in a row drew millions of messages of support from his home country, will return to China soon after the operation, he said.
“He will have an operation today,” Chinese Olympic committee spokesman Zhang Haifeng told AFP.
“Both Chinese and local doctors examined him yesterday. He’s almost broken his right tendon.”
Liu clattered into the first hurdle in his heat on Tuesday and fell heavily. After being helped to his feet, he bravely hopped the length of the track and symbolically kissed the last hurdle.