Channel News Asia tells the story of Lu Jiateng, a promising young hurdler from Shanghai whose inspiration comes, not surprisingly, from one-time world record holder and Olympic champion 110-meter hurdler Liu Xiang. Lu recently took gold at the Asian Youth Games in Singapore, finishing in 13.96 seconds. His personal best is 13.67 seconds, 0.8 seconds off of the world record set by Dayron Robles last summer. The Asian Youth Games is a nine-sport event, and China sent 81 athletes in swimming and diving, football, table tennis, athletics, shooting, bowling, three-on-three basketball, sailing and beach volleyball (and yes, we agree that that is a curious collection of sports). Team China fielded 10 track and field athletes. China’s boys’ team won the three-on-three basketball event, and the girls placed second behind Japan.
Lu Jiateng image: Channel News Asia
Tags: 110-meter hurdles, Asian Youth Games, Liu Xiang, Lu Jiateng, track and field