Anju finishes sixth, betters national mark

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:09 IST

India's hopes of a second medal at the Athens Olympics crashed tonight with Anju Bobby George finishing sixth in the women's Long Jump finals.

Anju finishes sixth, betters national mark

Athens:

India's hopes of a second medal at the Athens Olympics crashed tonight with Anju Bobby George finishing sixth in the women's Long Jump finals.The 27-year-old Anju, had a flying start in the final with a leap of 6.83 metres, thus bettering her own national mark by a whopping nine centimetres. The effort equalled her wind-assisted performance in Oregon, USA on June 19.Betters national markThe jump with a wind speed within the permissible limit for record purposes also bettered her national record of 6.74m set in Thiruvananthapuram in 2001 and later equalled in New Delhi in 2002.However, the customs officer appeared tense and the pressure of expectations seemed to have weighed down her as she gradually slid down the perch and hit a low of 6.61m in her fifth try before fouling her sixth and final attempt to go out of medal contention with a sixth place finish. Anju, ranked sixth in the world, did her best to become the first Indian medalist in athletics, but her try was not good enough. Clean sweep by RussiaThe action began with World no. 1 Tatyana Lebedeva of Russia fouling her first attempt.However, her team mates Irina Simagina and Tatyana Kotova straightaway set the pace crossing seven metres in their very first attempt, touching 7.05 metres.Australian Brownyn Thompson then produced 6.79m but Anju, who was tenth in the order, overtook her to take the third spot behind the two Russians after the first round. But Lebedeva soon produced the best jump of the night soaring to a distance of 7.07 metres that fetched her the gold medal. Simagina, who was level with Kotova on 7.05 metres, took the silver as she had a better second jump of 7.02 metres. Kotova won the bronze medal. (With wire inputs)



Topics : Athletics India
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