The Associated Press
A man picks copies of a newspaper at a newsstand, where Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang's photos are seen on local papers' front pages, in central Beijing Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012. Many Chinese following the Olympics at home called Liu Xiang their hero after the former world-record holder and 2004 Olympic champion crashed into the first hurdle during his first heat of the 110-meter hurdles on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)

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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