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Updated: September 21, 2009 17:20 IST

Anju George eyes Doha Grand Prix

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READY TO LEAP AGAIN: Ace long jumper Anju Bobby George has set her sights on the Doha Grand Prix next year. File Photo: S. Mahinsha
The Hindu READY TO LEAP AGAIN: Ace long jumper Anju Bobby George has set her sights on the Doha Grand Prix next year. File Photo: S. Mahinsha

After being out of action for over a year due to an ankle injury, India’s ace long-jumper Anju Bobby George has resumed training once again but said she sees herself in competitive contention only next year.

“I took a long break after the Olympics (in Beijing in August last year) because of my ankle injury. I was not even training. Now I have started a little slowly,” Anju told PTI here.

Bronze medallist at the 2003 World Athletic Championship in Paris, Anju had a forgettable outing at Beijing, as she failed to qualify from the heats.

“There is some problem still. I have to tackle that. It (the ankle injury) has been with me for 10 years. I could not even walk (after the Beijing Olympics). It was that bad a situation,” she said.

Anju said she would get back to competitive action with the Doha Grand Prix in May next year. She is also looking forward to the Commonwealth Games to be staged at home.

While home conditions would favour her in the Commonwealth Games, she expects “good competition”, as there would be contenders from among some of the top six Olympians, who are expected to take part.

After the Paris feat, Anju failed to match her 6.83 m effort, but she said her best is yet to come.

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