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Rest, Not Retirement, on Horizon for Chen
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Despite injuries and disappointment at the Olympics in London, Chinese gymnastics star Chen Yibing said this week he definitely plans to continue competing through 2013.

At the Olympic Games earlier this month, Chen narrowly missed defending his still rings title, losing the gold to Brazilian Arthur Zanetti by .1.


Chen Yibing (China) says he may compete through 2017.

"I won't retire because of what I went through in London," said Chen, 27. "I've invested myself in gymnastics for more than 20 years. So I can't just give it up."

The Tianjin native spoke to the media during the city's Olympic commendation conference on Wednesday, where he said he is considering possibly competing for five more years.

"I will for sure take part in next year's world championships and the National Games," he said. "The 2017 National Games will be held in Tianjin. I might also compete in my home city then."

In London, Chen helped the Chinese men win their third Olympic team title since 2000. He nailed his still rings routine but came up short in the final by a tiny margin.

The four-time still rings champion was one of the first to congratulate Zanetti, who made history by becoming the first South American gymnast to win an Olympic medal.

Chinese head coach Huang Yubin was furious, later slamming the judging and calling the results an "injustice," a "crime," and "injury to everyone in the world who loves gymnastics."

But Chen, who suffered a knee injury right before he Olympics, remains gracious.

"The referees' judgment was disappointing, but I saw all the spectators, my coach and even some opponents applaud to encourage me and I felt so relieved," he said.

Chen said he will enjoy a "good rest" with no training before undergoing knee surgery in October.

"I thought I wouldn't have any surgeries in my career (after London)," he said. "But now I will try again as I am not done yet."

External Link: Chinese Gymnastics Association

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