POSTED: Wednesday August 8th 2012
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Chen's Heroics Came at a Surprise, Even to Her
Chen Qian came to prominence in 2009 when she became World Champion to the surprise of many, including the athlete herself.
“I didn’t expect to win the title,” she says. “Actually, I’m wasn’t ready for it. The moment on the podium, I was full of happiness and excitement, but after stepping down from the podium, I felt like I needed to start from nothing again to put myself into normal training for the next target.”
Chen started in modern pentathlon at 2002 when she was 15 years old and loves training, despite the bumps and bruises: “I often fall down from my horse in training but I’m still very fond of riding.”
A back injury caused a setback in 2010, but Chen is a fighter and by training harder than ever she got back on to the podium at the 2012 World Championships, winning silver.
“I just kept on running and running, not even thinking about a medal,” she says. “Then the last 500 metres I saw the leaders were not too far ahead so I went for it. I can’t believe it that I was able to win silver, I am so proud.”
As for London, she is making no predictions. “I think my best is OK.”
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