Anju Bobby George starts training again, eyes Doha Grand Prix
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Last Updated: Friday, September 18, 2009, 18:22
Bangalore: After being out of action for over a year due to 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 Olympics (in Beijing in August last year) because of my ankle injury. I was not even training. Now I have started a littly slowly," Anju told reporters here.

Bronze medallist at the 2003 World Athletic Championship in Paris, Anju had a forgettable outing in Beijing after failing to qualify with three of her jumps in the qualifying heats being declared foul.

"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.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, September 18, 2009, 18:22

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