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  1. Rough ride for Taiwan in the Olympics race

    Posted Aug 17th 2008, 12:00am by Martin Zhou

    ... Martin Zhou in Beijing Bo Tao stood still on the sidelines of the baseball diamond, or pitch. Even after 41/2 hours of batting and running on the Wukesong field, the 25-year-old still seemingly had not had enough of this miraculous patch of land. 'I ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/649341/rough-ride-taiwan-olympics-race
  2. Lingering heel injury hobbling star hurdler on eve of contest

    Posted Aug 17th 2008, 12:00am by Martin Zhou

    ... treatment will help him alleviate the pain before the race'. The latest statement set alarm bells ringing among tens of millions of ardent followers of the 25-year-old Shanghai native, who has ... and discomfort occur intermittently, which will affect his performance if they occur in a race.' Liu and his team moved into the Olympic Village yesterday and begin training today, according ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/649344/lingering-heel-injury-hobbling-star-hurdler-eve-contest
  3. Women carry most of China's hopes in track and field

    Posted Aug 16th 2008, 12:00am by Martin Zhou

    ... in athletics lies in a few women's disciplines that value demanding training regimens and feature a relatively small international field, such as long distance running events, the race walk ... accustomed themselves to the conditions by working out their tactics for the race in the city, making the most of home advantage. Plus, the decision by defending champion Mizuki Noguchi to pull out ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/649301/women-carry-most-chinas-hopes-track-and-field
  4. Shanghai chiefs keen to host Chinese GP in the long-term

    Posted Oct 20th 2008, 12:00am by Martin Zhou

    ... with Bernie Ecclestone, the man who controls the high-octane global motorsport circus. At one stage, the city came under fire for public spending excesses incurred by the introduction of the race ... With four races now located on the continent, including an unprecedented night race in Singapore last month, Shanghai chiefs believe they will benefit with more neighbours jumping on the bandwagon. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/657017/shanghai-chiefs-keen-host-chinese-gp-long-term
  5. Sorry, I need a few moments to let it sink in, says father

    Posted Aug 19th 2008, 12:00am by Martin Zhou

    ... watched his son's shock exit on TV at a Beijing hotel. He and his wife, Ji Fenhua, invited up to 50 relatives and friends to watch the race with them. They thought the most important race ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/649627/sorry-i-need-few-moments-let-it-sink-says-father
  6. Episode highlights inner workings of a brutal sports system

    Posted Aug 19th 2008, 12:00am by Martin Zhou

    ... in the Olympic media centre on Sunday morning that Liu was 'normal'. 'He is normal and will race his first stint in the Bird's Nest tomorrow,' said Mr Cui. The remark, however, ... on the fitness of an Olympic gold medal hopeful on the eve of a major race- not to mention that of Liu, held up as a national treasure. SGSA officials could not be reached to explain the disparity ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/649628/episode-highlights-inner-workings-brutal-sports-system
  7. Liu plans to run... and run

    Posted Aug 08th 2008, 12:00am by Martin Zhou

    ... A life in sports politics beckons for superstar once track days are over, writes Martin Zhou There are two races awaiting Liu Xiang at these Games. Most obviously, ... delivered under the weight of great expectation. The other, less heralded, race is about quantity instead of speed- quantity of votes, that is. Liu's name will be on the ticket when up ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/648297/liu-plans-run-and-run
  8. Athletes' joy symbolises unity across borders

    Posted Aug 25th 2008, 12:00am by Martin Zhou

    ... of nationality or race. These Olympians are the greatest in recent history, with 40 world and Olympic records set in the Beijing Games. But many of the Olympic celebrities had already left town, leaving ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/650241/athletes-joy-symbolises-unity-across-borders
  9. China's gold medal lead will soon be unassailable, experts say

    Posted Aug 17th 2008, 12:00am by Martin Zhou

    ... television screens every once in a while as the Olympic medal race dominates public attention. Halfway through the 17-day Games, China leads its closest rival, the United States, 27-16 in gold ... of [today], I think the race for gold medals is settled,' Mr Wei said. 'But the Americans will top the overall medal tally eventually.' The US topped the table in golds and total medals ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/649349/chinas-gold-medal-lead-will-soon-be-unassailable-experts-say
  10. No 1: Liu Xiang

    Posted Aug 08th 2008, 12:00am by Martin Zhou

    ... concerned how his form will be without actual races prior to Beijing,' said Renaldo Nehemiah, a former world record holder in the event. 'He has won both the world championships ... scientists who monitor Liu's physical indicators, analyse his training and race footage, collect information on his rivals, and advise Sun on how to conduct each training session. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/648211/no-1-liu-xiang

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