Chinese 110m hurdler Liu Xiang expects to make his comeback to the sport in 2015, according to his coach.
Liu hasn't competed since he injured his Achilles in the build up to London 2012, undergoing surgery shortly after the Games, but now hopes to make a return at some point next year.
As an ordinary person Liu has already recovered," Sun Haiping was quoted as saying on NBC. "But as a hurdler he still has a long way to go before competing in any event."
It's been 10 years since the former world record-holder captured the heart's of his nation by winning Olympic gold in the event at Athens 2004.
Since then, Liu has been blighted with injuries. As well as missing out in London, the athlete left the crowd in the Bird's Nest stadium in tears at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, leaving the track before the race had even begun.
There will, therefore, be extra incentive for the 30-year-old to make his return next season. The World Championships will be in his homeland, again in the capital, Beijing.
Liu's former record, 12.80s, has only been broken once, by Aries Merritt in 2012, so if he can get back to somewhere near his best, he will still be able to compete at the top of the sport. Next year would be the perfect time to do so.
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