Anju knocked out of top-10 in world rankings
Anju Bobby George's less than impressive form this season has pushed her six places down to number 14.india Updated: Sep 06, 2006 20:39 IST
Anju Bobby George's less than impressive form this season has pushed her outside the top ten in world women's long jump rankings as the latest charts see her fall six places to number 14.
The lanky Keralite, who won the gold medal at the recent South Asian Games in Colombo, has failed to shine at the elite level and will not feature at the World Athletics Finals in Stuttgart, Germany, and the Athletics World Cup in Athens, Greece, this month.
Anju won the silver at the World Finals in Monaco last year, which she considers the biggest achievement in her career.
Injury and poor form has dogged her throughout this year and she will have to get her act together quickly if she hopes to defend the Asian Games gold medal, which she won four years ago in Busan, at Doha in December.
Her season's best of 6.54m, which she achieved for a sixth place finish at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in March, is not expected to be enough and she may have to improve on her personal best of 6.83m to be in with a chance for the yellow metal in Qatar.
Spain's Concepcion Montaner (9th), American Tianna Madison (10th), Ukraine's Viktoriya Rybalko (12th), Britain's Kelly Sotherton and USA's Rose Richmond (14th) gained one spot each at Anju's expense.
The top of the rankings remains dominated by Russians with Tatyana Kotova, Tatyana Lebedeva and Oksana Udmurtova occupying the first three spots.
There was bad news for discus thrower Vikas Gowda too, who slipped a massive 13 spots to 38th in the world rankings.