The big story out of Beijing today is not Michael Phelps.
The bigger story is that the Chinese people will not have the pleasure of watching Liu Xiang compete for gold in the 110-meter hurdles final.
Silence fell over the nearly 70,000 spectators on Monday at the Birdnest as the Chinese national hero was also unable to go.
After a false start was charged to the field, Xiang decided the pain was just too much and signaled that he was bowing out.
Xiang has raced very little as the 08' season has been a struggle with a nagging hamstring injury.
Terrence Trammell Goes Down In Hurdles.
A strain to his left string hamstring has ended Trammell’s gold medal hopes in Beijing. He earned silver in both 2000 and 2004 and was hoping to medal in a third straight Olympic Games. Doing so would have been accomplished something that no athlete has ever done before.
The Georgia native grimaced with pain on his face and pulled out of the race after the first set of hurdles.
The bodies of these stalwarts of the hurdling game simply gave out on them. This is arguably one of the most painful ways for athletes to see their Olympic dreams end.
David Oliver (13.30) and David Payne of the U.S. both won their heats.
By Jay Hicks.