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China's Luo Xuejuan to Compete at 2008 Games -- December 15, 2004

BEIJING, December 14. CHINESE Olympic champion Luo Xuejuan said on Tuesday that she plans to continue competing through the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, according to a story in the authoritative Chinese newspaper Xinhua today.

Luo, 20, who won the women's 100m breaststroke in Athens last summer in an Olympic record time of 1:06.64 said she will not even think of retirement before the 2008 Olympics.

"Do you think it's logical for me to retire when I am still in my prime?" said Luo at the Chinese National Championships in Tangshan, Hebei Province.

Luo, who also won the 100m breaststroke at last year's world championships in Barcelona, added: "I think the nation needs me to compete in the 2008 Olympic Games. I will try my best at that time."

Asked about her immediate goals, Luo said, "Maybe I should start thinking about defending my titles at next year's worlds," which are scheduled for Montreal in July.