Xiang Liu

For Liu Xiang, there is no place like home - IAAF Online Diaries

Liu Xiang on his way to victory in Birmingham (Getty Images)Liu Xiang on his way to victory in Birmingham (Getty Images) © Copyright
After a solid 13.09 season opener in Kawasaki earlier this month, 2004 Olympic champion and former 110m Hurdles World record holder returned home to Shanghai to prepare for his next race, this weekend's Samsung Diamond League in his home town In his latest IAAF Diary, Liu shares more precisely what going home means to him.

"In my life journey, home is my eternal harbor, full of warmth and affection. When I am tired, exhausted, I will go home where my confidence comes to refill power.

"Home always strongly supports me. My father is my spiritual umbrella, sheltering me from storm and excluding my difficulty and anxiety. He always expels my blues and depression, which keeps me full of passion and confidence, putting on a brand new look throughout my life journey.

"I came home again with the cake I booked online for my father, all in "Happy Birthday".

Liu Xiang