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By Tang Zhe and Xie Chuanjiao in Qingdao, Shandong province ( China Daily ) Updated: 2013-05-10 07:28:39

Xu is working her way back into shape after post-Olympic break

Xu Lijia, the 25-year-old who won China's first Olympic sailing gold medal in the women's Laser Radial class at the 2012 London Games, returned to competitive racing for the first time since her Olympic triumph when she finished 15th at the Sailing World Cup in Hyeres, France, in April.

Xu (pictured) says she is in no hurry to return to peak form, and just wants to get a feel for her boat this year.

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