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Paralympic champion Liu grateful to her "eyes" Xu******
By Sportswriters Yao Youming, Wang Ze and Zhao Yingbo
XI'AN, China, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- Liu Cuiqing, a visually impaired Chinese Paralympic champion, pocketed her second medal at the 11th China's National Games for Persons with Disabilities on Sunday.
On Sunday, Liu clocked 12.45 seconds to win a silver after Zhou Guohua from Guangdong in women's 100m T11 event.
With guide Xu Donglin, the 29-year-old secured her first gold medal of the major event on Saturday by winning the women's 400m T11 final.
Having won four golds in the 10th edition of the Games, Liu faced many troubles in the ongoing 11th edition of the Games.
After the Tokyo Paralympics, Liu was exhausted and had few normal training in quarantine. Furthermore, Xu suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee just ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.
When the duo entered the stadium on Saturday, Xu helped Liu stand on the block quickly and the pair finished a quick warm-up. When the 400m event was about to begin, Xu guided Liu to get ready carefully. He encouraged Liu by patting her on her shoulder.
Liu opened an early gap in the race, which no one was able to narrow. At last, the elite Paralympic athlete crossed the finish line in one minute and 1.21 seconds.
Liu began to take up the track and field training when her running talent was discovered in school.
Xu was a professional athlete. When he intended to retire eight years ago, he was selected as the guide of Liu.
The 1.83-meter-tall Xu was shy while meeting the 1.65m-tall Liu in the year 2013.
But after thousands of practices, the duo collaborated better and better. Now Liu can sprint or turn left smoothly at the special signals sent by Xu through the rope between them.
Liu said that if she could have three days to see, she would look at her partner firstly. The people around the duo told Liu that Xu is a handsome man.
"In my opinion, Donglin is my elder brother. I'd like to thank him for bringing me to podium in major events since 2013," Liu told Xinhua.
"We have cooperated for eight years and got many medals in national and international events. This brought me a sense of achievement," said Xu.
After the long and tough season, the golden pair will have a good rest each.
"We will part for several months. My knee injury needs time to recover. I'd like to create more better results in Paris Paralympic 2024 with Cuiqing," 32-year-old Xu noted. Enditem
Winning the only option for Barca as Koeman's side entertain Dynamo Kiev******
MADRID, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) -- FC Barcelona face the first of two season-defining games when they play Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League on Wednesday night in a game they have to win.
Although some sectors of the press are already looking ahead to Sunday's 'El Clasico' against Real Madrid, Barca have to give their full attention to Wednesday's game if they are to avoid an early exit from Europe.
3-0 defeats to Bayern Munich and Benfica in their first two group games mean that Barca have to win both of their matches against the Ukrainian side to have a chance of reaching the knockout stages - something that is vital not just for the club's sporting prestige, but also for its cash-strapped finances.
Barcelona got off to a good start to the week when they beat Valencia 3-1 on Sunday night, with Ansu Fati making a huge impact on his return from injury.
Barca coach Ronald Koeman replaced the 18-year-old after an hour and Fati is certain to start on Wednesday, with Memphis Depay alongside him in attack.
Koeman will have to make adjustments in defense, however, where an injury to Ronald Araujo and Eric Garcia's suspension after he was sent off in Lisbon means that either Samuel Umtiti or Clement Lenglet will partner Gerard Pique at the heart of the Barca defense.
The Dutchman clearly has no faith in either of the two players, but it is Lenglet, who has one appearance this season, who is likely to get the nod, while Jordi Alba and Sergi Roberto continue as full-backs.
Koeman is still without the injured Pedri, Ousmane Dembele and Martin Braithwaite, but will have Sergio Aguero on the bench after the Argentinian's long-awaited debut in the closing minutes of Sunday's win.
Two more Spanish sides are in Champions League action on Wednesday night with Villarreal needing to bounce back from their first La Liga defeat of the campaign in their visit to Young Boys in Switzerland.
Villarreal are currently bottom of their group and need at least a point to avoid being cut off from the top.
Meanwhile, Sevilla travel to Lille in a tight Group G, where they have two draws from their first two matches in the stage. Enditem