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Updated: January 14, 2014 01:19 IST

Anju Bobby George is now a gold medallist

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Anju Bobby George has been upgraded to gold status in the 2005 World Athletics Final in Monte Carlo following the disqualification of Tatyana Kotova of Russia by the International Association of Athletics Federations, following the recent re-testing of the latter’s sample collected at the 2005 World Championship in Helsinki.

While Kotova has been slapped with a suspension till January 2015 for testing positive for formestane, Anju, who finished with silver then, has now been conferred the gold and she will soon get a certificate that will testify her achievement.

Speaking to our Principal Correspondent in Bangalore, an elated Anju said: “At last it has come. I have been waiting for it for nine years. It really feels like justice.”

“For those three years — 2003, 04 and 05, I was one of the best in the world. I knew everyone ahead of me was doing it (doping), but I was helpless because I couldn't prove it. I always had my doubts about Kotova,” Anju said.

“But I am proud that I stood up. Only the top-eight athletes in the world can participate in this event. Looking at the line-up I competed against I can say that I am like the world champion.”

Anju’s fifth place finish at the 2005 Helsinki World Championship’s long jump event was also upgraded to fourth.

“I am still hopeful about Athens (Olympics). They could change that result too,” she said.

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Good for Anju Bobby George, the only Indian [apart from British-born
Norman Pritchard in 1900)to have won a medal in athletics at the World
Championships or Olympic Games (she won a bronze in Long Jump in the
2003 WC, Paris)! The World Athletics Final in Monte Carlo is an
important annual event though not comparable to the Olympics or the
Worlds, but to be upgraded from second to first place in the 2005
women's Long Jump, the original winner now having been found to have
been on drugs, is a considerable achievement. She deserves this
recognition, though belated, for her talent and endeavour. However,
for Anju to say that '...everyone ahead of me was doing it (doping)
[during 2003-2005],...' sounds far too sweeping to be acceptable. I
wonder if Indians are especially prone to have this 'holier than thou'
attitude.

from:  suranjan roy
Posted on: Jan 14, 2014 at 11:17 IST
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