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Beijing Games: picture of the day

August 18, 2008

Liu Xiang pulls the numbers off

Gary Hershorn writes: Without question the story of the day is Liu Xiang walking off the track.

When the unexpected story happens in front of you it’s a stressful few minutes as you try and understand what is going on and then decide how to illustrate the story. The most important thing to remember is that we are journalists and we must find a way to show what happened.

Usually in this situation you come up with a storytelling picture rather then a great photo and this picture of Liu Xiang pulling his numbers off his legs tells the story of an athlete pulling out of the competition.

PHOTO: Liu Xiang of China tears off a number tag before the start of his 110m hurdles heat of the athletics competition in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 18, 2008. Liu failed to start his 110 metres hurdles first-round heat on Monday. After one false start Liu stopped before the first hurdle clutching his leg and then walked out of the stadium. REUTERS/David Gray

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I think he faked it cause he was afraid of getting only silver

an experienced hurdeler like him will never get injuried that easy,

actaully he is a poor actor

Posted by Gabi | Report as abusive

He is the best!!Hope he will recover soon.

Posted by littlebusy | Report as abusive

This is not about the player, but the photographer. He proved that he is not a man who carries a camera on his shoulders but, a man who have eyes for creativity and to see something new always. Great!
Deepal W.


It is a great picture. Shows a man defeated…really sucks too because you train for 4 years..your life really so hard for that one chance. Hopefully he can move on from this and recover.


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