Anju wins silver

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Pinki Pramanik won gold in 400m and 800m while Anju Bobby George won silver in long jump in the third and final leg of the Asian Grand Prix.

Updated: February 25, 2007 11:34 IST
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Teenager Pinki Pramanik completed her second consecutive golden double in 400m and 800 m while Anju Bobby George again won silver in long jump in the third and final leg of the Asian Grand Prix on Friday. Pinki won her third successive women's 800m in the circuit with a personal best of 2 min 03.23 sec and then flashed to the finish line by outclassing the field in the one-lap race in 52.92 sec. Mahan Singh was the other Indian athlete to make a big mark by winning the men's high jump for a hat trick of GP titles in the season. Mahan recorded his season's best of 7.73 metres. He had already won the event in the first two legs at Bangkok and Bangalore. Anju, having come here to take part with a soft tissue injury of the heel, looked pretty flat while clearing 6.46 metres in her first jump. She was easily overtaken by Olga Rypakova of Kazakhstan with a clearance 6.49m. The latter virtually sewed up her third successive crown in the Asian GP by clearing 6.61 m after Anju had done 6.39 in her second attempt. Later, Anju cleared 6.38 m in her third jump, fouled her fourth and then had a poor 6.14 m off the fifth before limping off and forfeiting her last two jumps. Olga, meanwhile, jumped to modest distances of 6.25 and 6.31 metres before deciding not to take her last two attempts as she had already won the title. (PTI)

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