Shanghai – All eyes will be on Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang at Sunday's Diamond League meet in Shanghai as fans watch for signs the hometown hero is on track to recapture Olympic glory in London next year.
With Liu in the starting blocks, the 110m hurdles are expected to be the highlight at the second event in the 14-meeting Diamond League series, with sprint stars Asafa Powell and Carmelita Jeter also sharing the spotlight.
Liu, the first Chinese athlete to win an Olympic track gold medal in 2004, has been talking about winning redemption in London ever since an Achilles injury caused him to limp out of his first heat at the 2008 Beijing Games.
He has said he is confident he can return to the podium in London.
But the 27-year-old former world champion came in seventh at last year's indoor championships in Doha. And while he won a third straight Asian Games title in November, he was far off his personal best of 12.88sec.