Liu Xiang crashed into the first hurdle during his 110-meter race, but many in China are rallying their support.
About half a dozen newspapers ran front-page photos Wednesday of Liu Xiang kissing the last hurdle before he limped off the track. One ran a headline saying "Thank You."
A top Communist Party official phoned Liu in London to show the country's support for him, the official Xinhua news Agency reported Wednesday.
It said Liu Yandong, a member of the party's Politburo, "expressed sympathy and concern ... saying that his spirit, will and attitude has deeply moved and highly inspired the whole nation."
— Didi Tang
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