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Asian Games 2018

Asian Games 2018: China’s sprint hopes take a hit as Xie Zhenye is forced to pull out on eve of Asiad

China sprint star to miss out in Jakarta with ankle injury

PUBLISHED : Friday, 17 August, 2018, 1:41pm
UPDATED : Friday, 17 August, 2018, 2:55pm

China’s Asian Games sprint relay hopes took a big hit on Thursday when Xie Zhenye announced on social media that he had been forced to withdraw through injury a day before the championships get underway.

Xie, along with sprint sensation Su Bingtian, was an integral part of China’s gold medal-winning 4x100-metre relay winning team from Incheon four years ago.

Xie posted a picture of his diagnosis that confirmed he was still suffering with a partial tear of the deltoid ligament in his right ankle.

“A re-examination of my ankle yesterday did not go well,” Xie wrote. “After serious discussion, my team and I decided that it would be better for me to withdraw from the Jakarta Asian Games for the long-term good.

“I’d like to say sorry to the fans who support me all the time. Sorry to let you down,” he added.

The 24-year-old sprinter suffered the injury at a Diamond League meeting in late July after stumbling following a bad baton pass.

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In the build-up to the Asiad, Xie had been confident that he would be fit enough to compete, but it proved to be too much, too soon for the world championship silver-medallist and former Youth Olympic gold medal winner.

Hopes were high that Xie could challenge for the podium in the 100m in Jakarta after a breakthrough campaign which saw him set a personal best mark of 9.97 seconds in June when he momentarily held the Chinese national record in 100m, before Su dramatically snatched it back days later.

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