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Anju's ranking drops to 6th

May 24, 2006 18:46 IST

Anju Bobby George's recent lacklustre performances have resulted in her dropping two places to number six in the latest IAAF women's long jump rankings.

The ace Indian athlete, who is finding it difficult to recapture the form she showed in the second half of last year, fell from the fourth place she had been holding for the past two months.

After the Melbourne Commonwealth Games, where she finished sixth, the lanky Kerala athlete took time off, but her fortunes did not show an upswing on her return to the circuit.

She finished a lowly seventh at the Doha Super Grand Prix earlier this month and, to make matters worse, suffered a heel injury during training that forced her to sit out of the first leg of the Asian Grand Prix circuit in Bangkok.

She returned to competition in front of her home crowd in Bangalore but had to settle for a silver medal with a jump of 6.35m. The gold went to little-known Olga Rypakova of Kazakhstan.

Russia's Tatyana Kotova continues to head the rankings while the big gainer was her compatriot Oksana Udmurtova, the gold medallist at the Doha meet. She rose three spots to number two.

American Tianna Madison dropped one place to number two. Another gainer was Commonwealth Games gold medallist Bronwyn Thompson of Australia, who climbed three notches to number four.

Grace Upshaw of the United States dropped two places to fifth while Cuba's Yargelis Savigne lost one place to number seven.

In the corresponding men's event, despite winning gold medals at both the Asian Grand Prix meets in Bangkok and Bangalore, Maha Singh, saw his ranking drop three notches to 37th.

However, another double gold medallist, Navpreet Singh saw his ranking in shot put improve from 43rd to 38th.

Commonwealth Games silver medallist Seema Antil improved her discus throw ranking three notches to number 34.

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