SHANGHAI, April 7 (Xinhua) -- China's hurdling star Liu
Xiang will return from injury at the IAAF Shanghai Golden Grand Prix on September
20, his first race after the shock withdrawal from the qualifying heat at
last year's Olympic Games, organizers said here on Tuesday.
Shi Derong, a top official of the Shanghai Golden
Grand Prix, told reporters that Liu will put the event as his first race after
the Beijing Olympic Games.
It means that the Athens Olympic champion will not be
able to defend his world title at the Berlin world championships in August.
The 25-year-old Liu just returned to Shanghai early
in March following three months in the United States, where he underwent an
operation in December to repair his Achilles tendon, which forced him to pull
out of the Beijing Olympics.
But Liu's coach, Sun Haiping, said that Liu's hope
for the Berlin worlds is still not dead.
"I hope the Shanghai Grand Prix will be his first
race after the injury. But if he recovers well, it is still possible for him to
compete in Berlin," Sun said.
"Everything depends on how he will recover in the
coming months," Sun said.
Sun also said that Liu must run inside 13.20 seconds
before qualifying for the world championships.
Liu competed in the world championships four times
from 2001. He won the bronze in 2003, silver in 2005 and gold in 2007.
His title in Osaka two years ago is also the only one
for Chinese men's track and field in the world championships history.
The Shanghai Golden Grand Prix was inaugurated in
2005 and has been held four times. Liu, who won twice in 2005 and 2006, did not
enter the race last year.