Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Anju ranked joint eighth

A long lay-off from the international circuit has resulted in Anju Bobby George slipping one spot to joint eighth in the latest IAAF women's long jump rankings.

The lanky athlete from Kerala, who has been nursing a heel injury for the past few months, has had a forgettable time this season. She could not repeat her performances of last year, most notably a silver medal at the World athletics finals in Monaco, which catapulted her to number four in the world rankings.

The ace athlete will make her return at the South Asian Games in Colombo, Sri Lanka, which could be a good platform for her to get into the groove for the athletics World Cup in Greece this September and the Doha Asian Games in December.

The long jump rankings are dominated by the Russians with Tatyana Kotova leading compatriots Oksana Udmurtova and Tatyana Lebedeva.

India's Vikas Gowda fell two spots to 26th in the men's discus throw rankings and Manjeet Kaur has lost an equal number of places in the women's 400m charts to be 40th. — PTI


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