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Chen Jin determines to fight for London Olympic ticket

04-18-2012 10:56 BJT Special Report:2012 London Olympic Games |

QINGDAO, China, April 18 (Xinhua) -- With 100 days to go before the London Olympic Games, Chinese shuttler Chen Jin is now encountering the same qualifying difficulties like the Beijing Olympics.

Four years ago, Chen failed to secure an Olympic ticket until the very last moment, and the former world champion is now facing the similar delimma with two badminton tournaments left as he is fighting hard to be among the top four in the world to earn a third ticket for China.

Currently ranked fifth in the world, Chen is at No. 4 based on points collected during the Olympic period, ahead of Peter Gade of Denmark. However, he still needs to put out his best in the last two tournaments in order to ensure his No. 4 place.

Chen started his campaign in the Asia Championships Tuesday by beating Chong Wei Feng of Malaysia 21-14, 21-9 at ease. "The first set I was a bit irritable, but in the second I gradually found the rhythm," Chen said.

During the London Olympic qualification, Chen had a poor start, squandering several chances to gain Olympic points. However, his consecutive victories in Switzerland and Australia ignited his Olympic hope.

According to the Olympic qualification rules of Badminton World Federation, the maximum quota for one member association in men's singles event is three places as long as their shuttlers occupy top four spots in Olympic ranking.

No. 2 Lin Dan and No. 3 Chen Long have secured Olympic tickets for China, therefore Chen Jin has to fight for the third ticket.

"In the final period of the qualification, the top priority is not technic, but mindset. I am trying to maintain a good mindset," said Chen, who was under great pressure during the past four months.

In order to gain enough Olympic points, Chen was never absent from major tournaments this year. "It's tiring, but I have to face it. I'm now focused on keeping my form, while trying not to be injured."

Comparing to that four years ago, Chen said he was maturer and more experienced. "During Beijing Olympic qualification, I was so nervous that my hand even shook on the court, but now my hand definitely don't shake."

The Beijing Olympic bronze medalist also believed the setback he is suffering will be helpful in the future. "The campaign is just like life. I always remind myself that I have to be confident, but at the same time, I have to withstand the pressure."

Editor:Wang Lingfei |Source: Xinhua

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