Hurdler Liu Xiang turns fall into heroism

China's Liu Xiang, who won gold for his 100m hurdles run at the 2004 Athens Olympics, fell at the first hurdle in his qualifying heat today. Then, in a moving display of the Olympic spirit, he hobbled across the finish line, assisted by fellow athletes. -- By Carla Thorpe, Yahoo! Sports

Balazs Baji of Hungary leads the pack as Xiang Liu of China falls over a hurdle in the Men's 110m Hurdles Round 1 Heats on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 7, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 11 - Athletics
Balazs Baji of Hungary leads the pack as Xiang Liu of China falls over a hurdle in the Men's 110m Hurdles Round 1 Heats on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 7, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Xiang Liu of China sits on the track after getting injured in the Men's 110m Hurdles Round 1 Heats on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 7, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 11 - Athletics
Xiang Liu of China sits on the track after getting injured in the Men's 110m Hurdles Round 1 Heats on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 7, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Xiang Liu of China hops on the track after getting injured in the Men's 110m Hurdles Round 1 Heats on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 7, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 11 - Athletics
Xiang Liu of China hops on the track after getting injured in the Men's 110m Hurdles Round 1 Heats on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 7, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
Xiang Liu of China gets assisted off the track by Andrew Turner of Great Britain and Jackson Quinonez of Spain after getting injured in the Men's 110m Hurdles Round 1 Heats on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 7, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 11 - Athletics
Xiang Liu of China gets assisted off the track by Andrew Turner of Great Britain and Jackson Quinonez of Spain after getting injured in the Men's 110m Hurdles Round 1 Heats on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 7, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
China's Liu Xiang, right, and Hungary's Balazs Baji, left, react after Liu's fall in a men's 110-meter hurdles heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)
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China's Liu Xiang, right, and Hungary's Balazs Baji, left, react after Liu's fall in a men's 110-meter hurdles heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)
Xiang Liu of China gets assisted off the track after getting injured in the Men's 110m Hurdles Round 1 Heats on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 7, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 11 - Athletics
Xiang Liu of China gets assisted off the track after getting injured in the Men's 110m Hurdles Round 1 Heats on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 7, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Xiang Liu of China hops on the track after getting injured in the Men's 110m Hurdles Round 1 Heats on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 7, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 11 - Athletics
Xiang Liu of China hops on the track after getting injured in the Men's 110m Hurdles Round 1 Heats on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 7, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
China's Liu Xiang kisses his hurdle after falling in a men's 110-meter hurdles heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)
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China's Liu Xiang kisses his hurdle after falling in a men's 110-meter hurdles heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

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