I'm back. Hey guys, I could be wrong, but if so, it would have nothing to do with my having the worst understanding of athletics (as I like to call it) ever heard of. It is not unheard of for these things to happen.
Believe it or not, people DO intentionally false start. People DO feign injury and non-injury alike. Also, it's really not that big a deal to hop on a plane, cross the Pacific, to get some face time in the good ol' U.S. of A (where most of his main rivals are).
Also, for the record, I'm not saying he came "all the way" to Eugene to play mind games. I'm saying he came all the way to the U.S. to play mind games. Do you think he had any intentions of running at the Reebok meet, either?
I have a secret for you: this IS no secret on the Chinese language boards at all. The thing is, I'm not even dissing Liu in the least. Just pointing out that this is the way he - more likely his handlers - has chosen to put himself out there in his build-up to the Games.
I wish him well, he's an animal. But how are people going to react after he rolls everyone convincingly in the Olympic final, after such a relatively short period of time? "Wow! To come back from injury and do THIS! Amazing!"
Again, I wish him well. If he really is injured or whatever, I hope he gets well in time for the Games. I just don't think it's as serious as being portrayed, and his camp is milking it for all they can.