China's Liu Hong celebrates after taking the gold in the women's 20km race walk at the 2015 World Athletics Championships at the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing. Liu has retired for the second time after finishing fourth at the 2021 China National Games. Photo: AP
China's Liu Hong celebrates after taking the gold in the women's 20km race walk at the 2015 World Athletics Championships at the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing. Liu has retired for the second time after finishing fourth at the 2021 China National Games. Photo: AP

Rio 2016 race walk champion Liu Hong retires after fourth place in National Games

  • The 34-year-old retired to start a family after Olympic gold but returned to become 2019 world champion and win Tokyo bronze
  • China teammates Yang Jiayu, Qieyang Shijie and Yang Liujing keep 50km world record holder off the 20km podium in Xian

China's Liu Hong celebrates after taking the gold in the women's 20km race walk at the 2015 World Athletics Championships at the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing. Liu has retired for the second time after finishing fourth at the 2021 China National Games. Photo: AP
China's Liu Hong celebrates after taking the gold in the women's 20km race walk at the 2015 World Athletics Championships at the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing. Liu has retired for the second time after finishing fourth at the 2021 China National Games. Photo: AP
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