Anju readies for World Cup

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:36 IST

Ace Indian athlete Anju Bobby George is all set to make a comeback as she readies herself for the World Cup in Athens next month.

Anju readies for World Cup

Bangalore:

Ace Indian athlete Anju Bobby George is all set to make a comeback as she readies herself for the World Cup in Athens next month.Four months from now she will also defend the Asian Games gold medal that she won in Busan four years ago. "For most people, the Asian Games are more important, but for me, I'm going to aim to do well at the World Cup in September. There I'll be representing an entire continent and not just my country," said Anju Bobby George.The last four years have been nothing short of a roller coaster ride for the long jumper.She became the first Indian to win a medal in the World Athletics Championships in 2003 when she won the bronze. In 2004, she jumped a personal best of 6.83m at the Athens Olympics, In 2005, it was a silver medal at the World Athletics Final and a gold at the Asian Championships. But since then the Kerela native has not been able to match up to the high standards she has set. "I don't think it's going to matter. I don't worry, I have to just focus on getting fitter. Every competition if you try to take part in you struggle," she said.Anju's world ranking has slipped from a career high four to seven. But she had already said at the beginning of this year that her focus is not on the rankings. She'd rather focus on specific competitions in the hope of giving it her best shotAnd it's not just the World Cup in Athens.Anju will be looking to peak at just the right time for a whole host of other events that include the 2006 Asiad, the World Championships next year and the Olympic Games in 2008.Anju, however, refuses to talk about her strategy. "We have plans. We want to achieve the goal according to the deadline," she said.



Topics : Athletics
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