India face uphill battle in athletics

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:38 IST

Indian track and field competitors will have to be at their best if they hope to win medals in the athletics events starting on Sunday.

India face uphill battle in athletics

Melbourne:

Indian track and field competitors will have to be at their best if they hope to win medals in the athletics events starting on Sunday. Even world number five Anju Bobby George is not a medal certainty in the women's long jump going by her recent performances. But she is confident of putting her experience to good effect to improve upon her Manchester 2002 bronze medal winning effort. "Competition in Commonwealth is tough. Normally big events are held in August but this year, two major events were held in the early part of this year. Jade Johnson of England, a silver medallist last time, is also a tough customer. "From 2002 to now, I have competed in many world events and gained more experience during this period. I am totally a different competitor now. I will be putting my experience to better my Manchester performance," Anju said. The Indian athletes have had an extensive build-up to the Games and as is its wont, the Athletics Federation of India kept most of them in the dark about their selection for the Games. Milkha Singh remains the only athletics gold medallist (1958, Edinburgh-46.6 secs in 400m) for India in the Games history. M S Gill (1970 Edinburgh Triple Jump Bronze 15.90 metres and silver 1974 Christchurch 16.44 m) and Praveen Kumar (1966 Kingston silver in Hammer Throw 60.12 m) are the other Indians to have grabbed Commonwealth medals. (PTI)

Topics : Athletics
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