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Absent from competition since a 2009 knee injury, world and Olympic champion Cheng Fei may return to competition at the upcoming Chinese championships.

Absent from competition since a 2009 knee injury, world and Olympic champion Cheng Fei may return to competition at the upcoming Chinese championships.

Podium training begins May 5 in Kunshan, where the 22-year-old Cheng is set to represent her home province of Hubei. She suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in September 2009 while practicing for the National Games.

"I enrolled in the national gymnastics championships mainly to get the feel for competition again," Cheng told the "Beijing Youth Daily."

Cheng is China's most successful female gymnast in history. She won five gold medals in world championships competition, including a record three consecutive vault titles from 2005-2007. She served as captain of the Chinese team that won the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, where she also won bronze medals on vault and balance beam. She turns 23 on May 28.

Chinese head coach Lu Shanzhen said Cheng had planned to return for the University Games, scheduled for August in Shenzhen.

Cheng is scheduled to compete vault and floor exercise in Kunshan, but her participation may not be decided until right before the competition starts. Sources say the Chinese coaches would rather see Cheng skip the national championships to avoid another knee injury. The Chinese team will hold an internal test Friday for the national team gymnasts, which could sway the coaches' decision on whether or not Cheng competes in Kunshan.

External Link: Chinese Gymnastics Association

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