Day 11 - August 708 august 2012, 10:02
Quotes of the day from the Olympic Games on Tuesday:
"An Achilles injury is almost impossible to recover from fully."
-- China's athletics team director Feng Shu Yong after revealing the Chinese athletics icon was believed to have ruptured his Achilles tendon in crashing out of the first round of the 110m hurdles.
"When I was a kid I saw him breaking a world record, winning the Olympic Games in Athens, so he's a great idol for me. I'm sorry that he fell. It must be really bad for him.
-- Hungarian hurdler Balazs Baji, who took Liu's hand and raised it to the crowd after the stricken Chinese hurdler hopped to the finish line.
China's Liu Xiang (R) is conforted by Hungary's Balazs Baji (L). ©AFP
"I know what it feels like to be in pain like that. I regard him as probably the best hurdler in history. I have so much respect for him so it was horrible seeing him limp off like that."
-- American hurdler Aries Merritt on Liu.
US' Aries Merritt. ©AFP
"That has been my dream to be announced as an Olympic champion and every time I hear it just makes me want to cry."
-- American Sanya Richards-Ross, who won the 400m on Sunday and posted the fastest 200m semi-final time on Tuesday.
US' Sanya Richards-Ross. ©AFP
"It was the will of God. Yesterday I was out, today I was in."
-- Taoufik Makhloufi of Algeria, who won gold in the 1500m, a day after he was reinstated to the Games after a brief disqualification for failing to give his best effort in the 800m heats.
Algeria's Taoufik Makhloufi. ©AFP
"I never let anything stop me from doing what I want to do."
-- Australian world champion Sally Pearson after her narrow 100m hurdles triumph over 2008 Olympic champion Dawn Harper.
Australia's Sally Pearson. ©AFP
"In terms of Steve Redgrave, he's still the greatest. Just because you have six gold medals doesn't mean to say you're better than he is. He did it at five consecutive Games."
-- British cyclist Chris Hoy after winning his sixth career Olympic gold in the keirin, surpassing the five of rower Redgrave.
Great Britain's Chris Hoy. ©AFP
"I'd like to propose to my girlfriend, maybe by the end of the year. I'm trying to think of a way!"
- Chinese gymnast Zou Kai loses the element of surprise after claiming his sixth Olympic medal with a third-place finish in the men's high bar final.
China's Zou Kai. ©AFP