'At 22 years old, I seriously doubt we've seen the best of him,' says ex-champion Ed Moses hailed Liu Xiang's talent and said the world could expect even more from China's Olympic gold medal-winning hurdler. Moses was one of four members of the Laureus Sports Awards Academy who spent the day with the press at Mission Hills Golf Club yesterday before heading to last night's China Top 10 Laureus Sports For Good awards ceremony. Former All Blacks captain Sean Fitzpatrick played in a celebrity golf tournament while Moses, Mark Spitz and China's Deng Yaping spent the day meeting and greeting the press. Olympic high hurdles gold medallist Liu was also on hand, as was fellow Olympian Xing Huina, winner of the women's gold medal in the Athens 10,000 metres race. They were both awards recipients at last night's awards. Liu won the Sportsman of the Year category, while Xing collected the Best Female Newcomer award on a night dominated by champions from the Athens Olympics. Other winners included: table tennis player Zhang Yining who collected the Sportswoman of the Year after her double Olympic gold performance (singles and women's doubles) in Athens; Olympic shooter Zhu Qinan who earned Best Male Newcomer following his gold medal in 10-metre air rifle; tennis doubles partners Li Ting and Sun Tiantian whose Olympic gold earned Best Breakthrough of the Year; and the all-conquering Olympic women's volleyball squad who were recognised as Best Team of the Year. Hurdler Liu and distance runner Xing have also been short listed in the Best Newcomer of 2004 category for the Laureus Sports Awards - the 'Oscars' of the sporting world which will take place in Portugal in May, and will bring together the worlds of sport and entertainment. Moses said that the world had probably yet to see the best of Liu. 'If you look at his records and times coming into the Olympics he obviously had the talent to run very fast times,' said Moses. 'In championship competition you never know what will happen, so his win certainly wasn't a surprise to me. 'At 22 years old, I seriously doubt we've seen the best of him. I ran my first Olympics and world record when I was 20, and I improved on that for the next eight years. I just stuck with the sport longer than people that were better than me, but I worked hard to do it. 'Winning is all about hard work. A lot of people have talent, but talent doesn't mean anything in track and field. A lot of people with talent get left behind every day on the track, so talent doesn't really mean anything if you don't work hard.' Moses, the chairman of the Laureus World Sports Academy, was making his second visit to the mainland. The former world champion 400m hurdler and double gold medallist is widely regarded as the greatest 400-metre hurdler of all time. Moses said that it was quite apt for him to be spending the day at a golf club in China as he used to do a lot of his training on a golf course in California. Liu said that in his quest for world-record times, he worked very hard on his technique and speed. He also revealed that he did not have a girlfriend as the distraction would take his concentration away. 'I have to stay focused,' said the Shanghai-born Liu. 'Everything is now planned towards retaining my Olympic gold medal in Beijing [in 2008].' Liu said that his training and racing schedule on the European grand prix circuit last year provided the perfect build-up for his Olympic bid, and said that this year's schedule would follow a similar path. 'I have a number of international events planned and obviously I will compete in the All China Games,' Liu said. 'I may also run the 100m or 200m at the China games, and will probably also compete in the sprint relays.' Liu said that in time he might step up to the 400m hurdles, but for now his main focus is on the 110m. Spitz was enjoying the atmosphere at the world's largest golf club and revealed that he was taking a keen interest, as his oldest son hoped to be a professional golfer. Spitz was also of the view that hard work played a great role in sporting excellence, and said that having talent and using it didn't always go together. 'It all boils down to intelligence,' he said. 'It's being able to package whatever talent you have through whatever work is necessary to develop that talent. Put simply, when you're training it's 80 per cent physical and 10 per cent mental. But it's totally the reverse at the time of competition. It's too late to train and it's too late to worry about physical condition, it's then all a big mental game.' Spitz also said that staging the 2008 Olympics in Beijing was a very positive move for world sport. 'From a sport point of view it doesn't make a difference where the Olympics are held, as the athletes are going to come from all nations to compete,' Spitz said. 'It really wouldn't matter if it was in East Jesus, Texas, or if it was in Beijing. 'We're all expecting great things to happen. The Chinese have been waiting for centuries for something like this to happen, because they have a lot to offer and we all have a lot to learn.' Modern technology has transformed Spitz's former sport of swimming with the use of body suits, and he doesn't see a problem with this at all. 'If you believe that a swimsuit makes a swimmer, then I'm buying Tiger Woods' golf clubs tomorrow,' said Spitz. 'Does that mean I'm going to play like Tiger? Absolutely not. It's still the guy doing the stroking who gets the job done and wins the medals in the pool. If I got paid what those guys get paid I'd swim in a fur coat, and I'd still win.'