SPORT

Disappointing show by Anju

NEW DELHI AUG. 10. Anju George put up a disappointing performance in the IAAF Golden League meet at Berlin on Sunday evening, ending up 10th with a jump of 6.28 metres.

In a field of 12, Anju could not proceed into the final round for the last three jumps. She had started with a foul, touched 6.23m and then 6.28m on her next two jumps.

Jamaican Eva Goulbourne took the gold at 6.77m, while Bianca Kappler of Germany won the second place at 6.66m. The third placed Tunde Vaszi of Hungary as well as Grace Upshaw of the US also had 6.66, but better second jump for Kappler decided the silver. The German had a 6.58 as her second best, Vaszi 6.51 and Upshaw 6.49.

This was the worst result Anju had in Europe, on her maiden foray into the Grand Prix circuit. She had reached 6.51m in Rome for the fourth place, 6.54m in Madrid for the sixth place and bagged the silver at the Super Grand Prix meet in Stockholm on August 5 with a jump of 6.49m.

Anju is planning to compete in the World championships beginning in Paris on August 23.

Silver for Binu

In the meanwhile, K.M. Binu won a silver in England. Competing in only his second race of the season, Binu clocked 1:48.59 for the 800m silver at the British Milers Club meet in Birmingham on Friday.

Ismael Ahmed of Sudan, a fifth-place finisher at the World junior championships last year, claimed the gold in 1:47.80.

``Timing-wise, I was satisfied with this race,'' said Binu, over phone, from London. "I had a late start in my off-season training and that pushed me back a little,'' the Kerala youngster, who bagged the silver in his pet event at the Busan Asian Games, said.

Binu is planning to return to India on August 14 in order to compete in domestic meets, especially the inter-State meet at Jamshedpur in September that will form the selection trials for the Asian championships in Manila.

``I am sure I can perform better in Manila,'' said Binu as he looked ahead for the rest of the season.