Anju wins long jump gold at SAF
Anju's gold-winning effort was a new games record, improving upon the one set by India's G Premila in 1999.india Updated: Aug 25, 2006 22:12 IST
Anju Bobby George lived upto her top billing, bagging the women's long jump gold at the 10th South Asian Games on Friday.
Anju measured 6.42 metres in her third attempt, well below her personal best of 6.83m but good enough to fetch her the yellow metal at the Sugathadasa stadium.
August 26 is the cutoff date to select the team from Asia for the Athens event.
The silver medal went to Huda Foujia of Bangladesh who jumped 6.07m while local girl N C Priyadarshini clinched the bronze with an attempt of 5.94m
Incidentally, Anju's gold-winning effort was a new games record, improving upon the one set by India's G Premila who jumped 6.37m at Kathmandu in 1999.
In the other track and field events, India, who have fielded mainly their second string athletes, won the golds through Anuradha Biswal in 100m hurdles and Saurabh Vij in shot put.
Biswal clocked 14.28s to finish atop the podium while Sumita Rani of Bangladesh settled for silver with 14.36s. India's Poonam Bojanna finished third clocking 14.61s.
In 100m men's hurdles, Mohd Mafuzur Rahman won only the second gold for Bangladesh while the silver and bronze were won by Pakistan's Muhammad Sajjad (14.26) and Abdul Rashid (14.62).
Saurabh hurled the iron ball to 17.43 m to finish first while his compatriot Kuldeep Maan picked the silver with 16.75. Ashraf Ali of Pakistan bagged the bronze medal with an effort of 16.63.
Pinki Pramanik, who came up with top podium finishes at the Asian Grand Prix meets in Bangalore and Pune, bagged the gold in women's one-lap race with a time of 52.54 seconds.
The silver was won by PDMP Wikramasinghe (53.83) and the the bronze was clinched by Lasanthi Deepika (55.76), both of Sri lanka.
In 10,000m women's event, India bagged another gold through Preeja Sridharan who clocked 34m:27.13s for a new SA Games record. Nepal's Kanchai Maya Koju bagged the silver with a timing of 35m:03.43s while India's L Preethi Rao took the bronze (35m:24.05s).
In 5000m men's final, Nepal's Rajendra Bhandari finished ahead of the rest of the field to bag the gold with a timing of 14:01.19 seconds. Sunil Kumar Singh of India finished runner up after clocking 14:02.43 while Noushad Khan of Pakistan picked the bronze with 14:28.59.
Sri Lanka's asserted their supremacy further when K H Kingsly Gunathilaka grabbed the javelin throw gold with an effort of 71.99m. Sunil Goswami of India had to be content with the silver with 70.20m while Muhammad Irfan Hussain got the bronze with 69.69m.
In 400m men's race, hot favourite Rohan Pradeep Kumar of Sri Lanka bagged the gold with a timing of 46.33 seconds.
Local favourite Prasanna Amarasekara came second in 46.40s while Pakistan's Rana Saheer finished third in 47.77s.
First Published: Aug 25, 2006 21:38 IST