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Anju breaks Nat. record, finishes 6th

August 27, 2004 23:04 IST
Last Updated: August 28, 2004 00:28 IST


Indian ace Anju Bobby George bettered the national record in the women's long jump, but the effort was not enough to earn her a medal at the Olympics in Athens on Friday.

The 27 year-old World Athletics Championships bronze medallist, who qualified for the Olympic long jump final with a jump of 6.69 metres in the elimination on Wednesday, soared to 6.83 metres on her very first attempt in the final. That was 9cm over her personal best of 6.74m set in Thiruvananthapuram in 2001 and equalled in New Delhi in 2002, and 13cm over her World Championship best.

But she failed to improve upon it in her subsequent attempts and had to be content with a very creditable sixth place finish in a field of 12.

The effort equalled her wind assisted performance in Oregon, USA, on June 19.

Russian Tatyana Lebedeva won the gold with a leap of 7.07m in her second attempt, after fouling her first jump.

The Russians made a clean sweep of the medals, with Irina Simagina and Tatyana Kotova winning the silver and bronze with an effort of 7.05m each. Both Simagina and Kotova achieved the distance on their first attempt, but Simagina got the silver on account of having a slower following wind of 0.8m/s.

Final standings:
RankNameNOC123456Result
Wind
1Tatyana LebedevaRUSx7.07+1.3x6.82+0.37.05+0.17.07 +1.3
2Irina SimaginaRUS7.05+0.87.02+1.3xxx7.05 +0.8
3Tatyana KotovaRUS7.05+1.8x6.84+0.86.70+0.6x7.05 +1.8
4Bronwyn ThompsonAUS6.79+1.3x6.92+2.36.96+0.8x6.96 +0.8
5Marion JonesUSAx6.85+3.16.82+0.66.73+1.0x6.85 +3.1
6Anju Bobby GeorgeIND6.83+1.26.75+0.2x6.68+1.86.61-0.56.83 +1.2
7Jade JohnsonGBR6.74+2.86.80+1.2xxx6.80 +1.2
8Tunde VasziHUN6.73+2.46.53+1.46.64+1.06.59+0.4x6.73 +2.4
9Biance KapplerGER6.26+1.46.49+0.76.66+0.36.66 +0.3
10Grace UpshawUSA6.64+0.7x6.64+1.86.64 +0.7
11Carolina KluftSWE6.63+1.56.62+1.1x6.63 +1.5
12Yelena KashcheyevaKAZx6.53+0.86.27+1.76.53 +0.8


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Sub: You have nothing to loose

IT was really a creditable performance. Just carrying the hope of billion people and having the poise to break the NR twice was great. There ...


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Sub: Congrats

Congratulations to Anju for doing such a good job. It is athletes like Anju and Usha who make us feel that India has a fighting ...


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Sub: giant among Lilliputs

I read most of the messages. Almost everybody praises her efforts. No doubt, she stands like a giant among Lilliputs. But I feel sad when ...


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Sub: hai anju we feeles very happy for ur kind atempt

I would like to congratulate Anju heartily for her performance in the Olympics 2004. Reaching that level was only possible due to her determination and ...


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Sub: congratts anju

Congratts! Anju .....winning a medal isn't all i think what you did at athens is a remarkable feat in itself that made us (INDIANS) proud,All ...


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