BEIJING Kenedy Chelsea Jersey , June 25 (Xinhua) -- Liu Xiang, one of the best known athletes in China, got a divorce on Thursday after a nine-month marriage to actress Ge Tian.
Liu, who won the 110-meter hurdles at the 2004 Athens Olympics, told his fans through Sina Weibo, a Chinese equivalent to twitter, that incompatibility was the reason for the divorce.
"We ended the marriage today," Liu said. "We hope we can each have a better life from now on. We bless each other."
Liu married Ge last September after a four-month courtship following his retirement from athletics.
Many of Liu's fans were not optimistic of his marriage at that time, saying that Ge just wanted to enhance her popularity by walking down the aisle with the Olympic champion.
Ge was known for acting as a woman who made use of a grenade concealed in her crotch to kill Japanese soldiers in an anti-Japan TV drama in May.
Liu never commented when Ge's drama was descried as vulgar and later pulled off the air. The couple had been rarely seen together in public.
Two hours after Liu's announcement, there were over 100,000 comments on his weibo account, mostly showing support for the former national hero. But jokes about Ge's TV play also surged.
Just like Ge's drama, Liu's career is full of controversy. He won the 110m hurdles at the 2004 Olympics and bettered the world record to 12.88 seconds in Lausanne in July 2006. But after winning the world championship gold in Osaka, Japan, to become the first male hurdler to own Olympic and world title and the world record at the same time, his life started to be troubled with injuries and off-track factors.
In the first round heat in Beijing Games, Liu limped off the track with an aggravated Achilles tendon injury to the astonishment of a capacity Bird's Nest National Stadium.
Four years later, Liu's fate mysteriously repeated in a bad way in London Olympics, where he hopped on one foot to the finish line, kissed the hurdle and was wheel-chaired off the track.
Liu's team had been accused of concealing his injuries by Chinese netizens.
"Liu Xiang is an actor in a way," a Sina micro-blogger commented. "Wish he will return to the real world. The drama is over now."
Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone said he wants to strike a "long-term" deal with Singapore this year, playing down earlier comments that the city-state is looking to drop its iconic night race.
Ecclestone's latest statement provide some positive news for F1 in Southeast Asia, after neighboring Malaysia confirmed it was dropping its Grand Prix after 2018.
He claimed his initial comments had been taken "in a funny way" by a German auto magazine which quoted him as saying that Singapore no longer wanted to host F1.
"F1's stand is to hopefully continue in Singapore," the 86-year-old told Singapore's Straits Times newspaper. "-Everybody is happy to be in Singapore and [we] don't want to lose Singapore.
"Negotiations are ongoing and will be sorted out shortly ... before the end of the year, I'm sure. We want to extend long-term. We'll see what happens."
Ecclestone has described F1's first night race, which -started in 2008 and snakes past Singapore landmarks, as a "crown jewel" of the sport.
But Germany's Auto -Motor Und Sport quoted him as saying that Singapore wasn't looking to renew its current contract, which will expire after next year's race.
"Yes, the Grand Prix has cost Singapore a lot of money, but we've also given them a lot of money. Singapore was -suddenly more than just an airport to fly to or from somewhere," Ecclestone was quoted as saying. "Now, they believe they have reached their goal and they do not want a grand prix any more."
When contacted by AFP, a Singapore Grand Prix -spokesperson said, "We don't comment on ongoing commercial negotiations."
Singapore's 23-turn, Marina Bay street circuit is seen as one of the most challenging on the calendar and has proved popular with fans.
But organizers said a slowing economic climate has seen daily attendance slump to 73,000 this year from 87,000 in 2015.
On Monday, Malaysia confirmed it was pulling out of F1 after 2018 due to falling revenue and a lack of interest, ending one of Asia's longest-running races.
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