Anju fails to fetch medal, relay team enter final

Updated on Aug 28, 2004 10:40 AM IST

While Anju finished 6th in long jump, the women's relay team surprised all by entering the final. In Hindi

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PTI | ByAgencies, Athens

India’s medal hope in long jump, Anju Bobby George, bettered her personal best, but it wasn’t enough to fetch her a medal. Even though Anju leaped 6.83m in her first attempt, she needed to do much better to catch up with the Russians, who swept all the three medals on Friday.


1 Tayana Lebedeva (7.07)Russia
2 Irina Simagina (7.05) Russia
3 Tatyana Kotova (7.05) Russia

Marion Jones, a top contender, also disappointed, finishing fifth with a leap of 6.85m.

Anju’s jump, however, is a new national record -- 0.09m more than her previous best of 6.74m cleared at the Nationals in Delhi.

However, there was a pleasant surprise from the track. The women's relay team entered the final of the 4x400m race with a national record.

The quartet comprising Rajwinder Kaur, KM Beenamol, Chitra K Soman and anchor Manjit Kaur clocked 3 minute, 26.89 seconds surpassing the previous mark of 3:27.35 set in the Asian Grand Prix Meet in Colombo in June earlier this year.

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