Home > Sports > News > Report

Anju slips in world rankings

July 07, 2004 19:34 IST
Last Updated: July 07, 2004 19:45 IST

Anju Bobby George, India's medal hope at the Athens Olympics in August, dropped to No. 5 in the latest world rankings issued by the International Association of Athletics Federations.

The 27-year-old long jumper, who won India its first medal in a World Athletics Championships in Paris last year, moved down from No. 4 with a total ranking score of 1248 points.

Anju, who is preparing for the Olympics by participating in competitions in Europe and America, had finished a disappointing fourth in the Rome Golden Gala on July 2, clearing 6.41 metres.

Making the biggest leap in the rankings is Tatyana Lebedeva, the world triple jump champion, who had upset No.1 Tatyana Kotava to win in Rome by clearing 7.01 metres. The Russian, who did not have a ranking earlier, is now No. 2.

Also making it among the top long jumpers is American track queen Marion Jones, who is ranked No.6.

The rankings:

1. Tatyana Kotova (Russia) - 1336 points

2. Tatyana Lebedeva (Russia) - 1301

3. Elva Goulbourne (Jamaica) - 1255

4. Eunice Barber (France) - 1251

5. Anju Bobby George (India) - 1248

6. Marion Jones  (USA) - 1242

7. Irina Simagina (Russia) - 1238

8. Olga Rublyova (Russia) - 1233

9. Grace Upshaw  (USA) - 1228

10. Carolina Kluft (Sweden) - 1214.

Article Tools
Email this article
Top emailed links
Print this article
Write us a letter
Discuss this article

Copyright © 2004 rediff.com India Limited. All Rights Reserved.