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Liu Xiang remains China's only Olympic gold medal winner on the track 17 years after his triumph in Athens, but for Su Bingtian — Asia's fastest man — one of his country's greatest heroes is more than an icon.

Su finished sixth in the men's 100 meters final on Sunday after qualifying joint-fastest to give China its most high-profile male athletics performance since Liu won gold in the 110m hurdles in Athens in 2004.

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