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Anju qualifies for long jump final Sportsdesk | August 26, 2004 01:29 IST
Last Updated: August 26, 2004 01:43 IST

Anju Bobby George accomplished the first half of her mission at the Olympic Games by leaping into the women's long jump final with her very first jump in Athens on Wednesday night.

The 27 year-old World Athletics Championship bronze medallist cleared 6.69 metres in her very first attempt. The automatic qualification mark was 6.65m.

Anju thus became only the second Indian woman athlete to figure in an Olympic final after another Kerala legend, P T Usha.

Usha had achieved the distinction in the 400m hurdles in the 1984 Los Angeles Games before narrowly missing out on a bronze medal by one-hundredths of a second.

Usha, a columnist for, is also in Athens currently to watch the Olympiad.

The others who qualified automatically were:

Tatyana Lebedeva (Rus) 6.95

Bronwyn Thompson (Aus) 6.80

Tatyana Kotova (Rus) 6.79

Irina Simagina (Rus) 6.75

Carolina Kluft (Swe) 6.73

Jade Johnson (GBR) 6.71

Marion Jones (USA) 6.70

Bianca Kappler (Ger) 6.69

Grace Upshaw (USA) 6.68

Yelena Kashcheyeva (Kaz) 6.57 and Tunde Vaszi (Hun) 6.55 qualified as best losers.

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Sub: Anju the great

Anju, you can do it! you can do it! you can do it! you do it!

Posted by Johny

Sub: wish u best of luck in future

hi anju , Its very hard to achive a silver medal but u had done it .. so we indians feel proud of u ... ...

Posted by neeraj

Sub: every thing is possible

dear anju chachi nothing is impossible in the beautiful world of we hope that u will win with the tricolour on ur sholder ...

Posted by jacob t joserph

Sub: get it anju

anju, give ur best, we are all proud of ur preformance JUST DO IT. we know u can

Posted by gkumar

Sub: U won the hearts of the nation and soon the medal too..

Anju the whole nation is waiting for the next medal at the Olympics where the Olympics is born. It would be a special moment to ...

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