Advertisement
Wednesday, Oct 27, 2021
Outlook.com

Go For 7

Now for the 7 m barrier, with a little help from hubby and Mike Powell

Go For 7
AP
Go For 7
outlookindia.com
-0001-11-30T00:00:00+05:53
It takes Anju Bobby George a little time to warm up to people. And once this normally reticent and intense athlete does get talking, she is animated and the smile never leaves her face. But behind that cheery demeanour is a steely will that has seen her through thick and thin.

It is not easy to sit back at home and watch an Olympic Games when you know you could have been there yourself competing with the world’s best. That’s the pain Anju had to endure between 1997 and 2000. Time and again, just when she seemed to be running into form, she would be pulled down by an injury. She was a fair bet for the squad for the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok. But injury struck. In 1999, after her silver medal in the South Asian Federation meet, the story repeated itself and she was forced to sit at home and watch the Olympics on TV. She admits there were times when she got so frustrated that she wanted to give up athletics and get on with her life.

But fortunately, in Bobby George, then only a friend from the national camps, she had a great source of inspiration and a motivator par excellence. A national triple jump champion, Bobby is also a qualified engineer. The friendship cemented into a closer, more meaningful relationship: the two got married in 2001. That was also the year of her comeback—she touched a career-best 6.74 m. Everyone sat up and took notice. It was a distance that could have got her into the finals at the Sydney Olympics, she would have got a sixth place with the leap. At the 1998 Asian Games, which too she missed, the winner was China’s Guan Yingnan with 6.89 m—a distance within Anju’s reach. At the 2001 Asian Track and Field meet in Jakarta, Kyrgyzstan’s Yelena Bobrovskaya won the long jump with 6.66 m.

Once in the 6.5-6.6 m zone, it was clear Anju was capable of striking a medal at any international meet, for a good jump could...

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

Bombay High Court Adjourns Aryan Khan's Bail Application Till Tomorrow

Bombay High Court Adjourns Aryan Khan's Bail Application Till Tomorrow

Former Attorney General of India (AGI) Mukul Rohatgi appeared for Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan, along with his existing legal counsel comprising Satish Manishinde and Amit Desai.

Explainer | Why A Lawyer Is Seeking FIR Against NCB's Wankhede For 'Extortion' In Aryan Khan Drugs Case

Explainer | Why A Lawyer Is Seeking FIR Against NCB's Wankhede For 'Extortion' In Aryan Khan Drugs Case

On Monday, a lawyer approached the Mumbai police with a complaint seeking registration of an FIR against Sameer Wankhede and five others for extortion in the drugs-on-cruise case.

IPL Controversy: CVC Capital Under BCCI Scanner

IPL Controversy: CVC Capital Under BCCI Scanner

The BCCI on Monday named RPSG Ventures Limited and Irelia Company Pte Ltd. (CVC Capital Partners) as owners of the new IPL teams from 2022.

'TMC & AAP On A Mission To Split Congress Votes And Help BJP In Goa': State Congress Chief

'TMC & AAP On A Mission To Split Congress Votes And Help BJP In Goa': State Congress Chief

Goa Congress president Girish Chodankar strongly asserted that the voters cannot be wooed with false promises and money as people are deeply rooted in the Congress.

Advertisement