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Anju’s stint with Powell begins

Chennai: There is a quest for a medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics. There has been a positive step taken towards it and there is a master willing to help. Anju Bobby George has commenced her training programme under the watchful eyes of world record holder Mike Powell.

Anju, who left for California on April 25 to set up training and competition arrangements with Powell, will take part in a championship on May 10 in Modesto, North California — her first competition in the US this year. “Mike is more than convinced about Anju’s potential for a medal in the Athens Games.

“Anju has now firmed up arrangements with this famous athlete and a coach attached to California University,” Robert George, Anju’s husband and coach, informed.

According to George, the first phase of training would be for a six-month period and the coaching would continue till the 2004 Olympics. Anju has got acclimatised to the conditions as well, he said.

An Asian Games gold medallist and Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, Anju was the only Asian woman athlete to qualify for the world indoor athletic meet in Birmingham earlier this year.

The 25-year-old Chennai Customs employee is presently ranked 13th in the world with a jump of 6.74 metres. She also holds the national record in long jump (both outdoor and indoor) and triple jump.

Anju, who bid goodbye to triple jump after leaping to new distance of 13.67 metres in the National Games last December, had said the move was in order to concentrate on sprints to improve her long jump performance.

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