Anju in Group A along with Marion Jones

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:09 IST

India's star long jumper Anju Bobby George has been placed in group-A of the women's long jump qualification round of the Olympic games.

Anju in Group A along with Marion Jones

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India's star long jumper Anju Bobby George has been placed in group-A of the women's long jump qualification round of the Olympic games along with strong contender Marion Jones of the United States. As per the groupings released today, Anju has several top long jumpers in her group, including French world champion Eunice Barber who has a personal best of 7.05m. Apart from Jones (7.31) and Barber, there are two other jumpers in the group -- Fiona May of Italy and Irina Simgina of Russia both of whom have personal bests of over seven metres. Personal best Anju has a personal best of 6.74m and a season best of 6.71m in the build-up to the Olympics and if the script unfolds on form, it could be very tough for her to make it to the podium. World number two Tatyana Lebedeva of Russia and her world number one compatriot Tatyana Kotova have been placed in the other group. Tatyana has a personal best of 7.33m and is tipped to be a strong contender for the gold medal in the event. The final of the event is scheduled to be held on August 27. (PTI)

Topics : Athletics India
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