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Liu Xiang the main attraction on home soil

11.11.2009 World

The Asian Athletics Championships are coming to China for the first time since inception in 1973.

Since joining the Asian family in 1979, China has steadily climbed up the standings, eventually displacing Japan as the leader.

This time at home, in the 18th edition of the Championships, China should be more formidable than ever before.

The last time, China and Japan were at full strength, in Incheon, Korea, in 2005, China topped with 15 gold medals, Japan and Qatar taking home six each. Neither China nor Japan entered their top-ranked athletes in Amman, two years ago. Yet, China continued its dominance topping with a haul of seven gold medals.

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