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China's greatest track and field athlete Liu Xiang announced his retirement Tuesday, with the injury-plagued Athens 2004 gold medal winner saying he had "no choice" but to bring down the curtain on his trail-blazing career.His withdrawal in 2008 sparked widespread debate in China, with many observers accusing him at the time of letting his country down, while others said he had been pushed too hard by the country's strict state sports system.But his pioneering exploits in athletics have been widely praised by many sports fans in China, and his retirement Tuesday was the biggest topic on Weibo, with 11.5 million people reposting the news within an hour of the announcement.
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