There is a world track and field championship going on in Korea now. There was an incident in the 110 hurdles involving the Chinese track star Liu Xiang. As reported in the NY Times (here):
….. Dayron Robles of Cuba ran all the way through the finish line in the 110 hurdles and celebrated apparent victory only to find out later that he had been disqualified for obstructing his Chinese rival Liu Xiang as they came over the penultimate hurdle.
The biggest beneficiary turned out to be not the well-established Liu but the much lesser-known American Jason Richardson, a long-haired 25-year-old Texan who has soared to world-class level since moving to Los Angeles to train with the veteran coach John Smith.
Richardson, who finished a distant eighth in the United States national championships last year, ended up with the gold medal in a race that was supposed to be decided among the event’s big three: Robles, Liu and David Oliver, the American star who, like Robles and Liu, has broken the 13-second barrier.
Richardson, whose personal best remains 13.08 seconds, finished in 13.16 seconds. He has yet to join that exclusive club, but he now has a world title. “I’m just comfortable with the color silver, but now I guess I’ve got to get used to gold,” he said.
Liu was second in 13.27 seconds in his first global outdoor championship since he demoralized a nation by withdrawing from the 2008 Olympics in Beijing with an Achilles’ tendon injury……
China Daily has quotes from Liu Xiang about the incident (here):
About the obstruction
"Robles hit me twice. When I approached the ninth hurdle he pulled me, which made me unbalanced and slowed me down, but it wasn't intentional."
"At first, I thought I would be the champion or at least second, but Robles pulled me. If there was no accident, I think I could have won."
"I am OK with everything that happened today and this is a legacy to me. Robles prepared well. I tried my best (and got) no regret."
Regretful to Robles
"I am good friends with Robles. What I like is a happy camp - I don't know what to say."
"The competition is just a game to me. Everybody should enjoy it. The disqualification is very regretful."
OK with the result
"It happens all the time in the competitions. I am OK with everything that happened today and this is a legacy to me. I tried my best (and got) no regret."
"I'm satisfied with the performance and there is only little regret in the race."
Don't care about color
"I have won the gold medals at the World Championships and the Olympic Games, and medals of all colors. My aim this time was to win a medal, and I achieved it."
"I am still not in my best shape. There is still room to improve. I hope I can run within 13.00 next year, and I have full confidence about that.I think I can win a gold medal in London (Olympic Games)."