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World champion and double Olympic gold medalist Chen Zhong expressed on Wednesday that she would try to add a third gold to her taekwondo career on August. 23 at the Beijing Olympics.

"As everybody anticipates, I hope to defend the title at the Olympics. And now I'm trying to achieve this goal with a detailed training plan," said the 26-year-old Chen.

"Observing foreign players' performance at this event is also one part of my job," Chen told reporters amid the ongoing Olympic test event, "2008 Good Luck Beijing" International Taekwondo Invitational Tournament, which has drawn 128 athletes from 27 countries and regions, the same number for the Olympics.

In order not to hurt her recovered leg again, Chen decided to quit this event with the coach's direction.

However, these days, the Sydney and Athens double champion insisted on watching every match of her teammates and some foreign competitive taekwondists.

According to Chen, thinking and using other's advantages for reference will help her prepare for the Olympics.

"After yesterday's competition, I find that now the judges prefer to mark the points for the active-attack side while counterattack scores less.So I will spend more time improving my offensive effectiveness and ability," said Chen.

"Besides, watching theses excellent players' competitions can also help teach me how to treat different opponents with the adjustment of strategy in August. I will both learn their merits and spot the flaws to accumulate a wealth of experience for the Olympics," she added.

After reaping her second Olympic gold in Athens, Chen had the surgery treatment in 2005. When everybody felt anxious about her recovery, Chen made an astonishing performance as she claimed the title in the Doha Asian Games in 2006 and then crowned at 2007 World Championships for the first time to finish her "Grand-slam" achievement.

"Since receiving the operation in 2005, everything goes smoothly as I'm physically better and better day by day. However, my leg hasn't been fully recovered. So if I could achieve my dream at the Beijing Olympics, I will rest me for a long holiday."

As one of the world's most competitive taekwondist in women's over 67 class, Chen obeys a series of virtues including fast speed, angular movements, clear mind and practical kicking technique to frighten her equals.

On talking about her potential opponents, Chen answered cautiously.

"Every player in the Olympic arena will be my challenging opponent as they are all elected from national elites. For me, I will treat every match seriously just as the final."

(Xinhua News Agency February 29, 2008)

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