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Anju to spearhead Indian challenge in Asian Grand Prix at Pune

Written by: Staff

Mumbai, Apr 26 (UNI) Ace long jumper Anju Bobby George will spearhead the Indian challenge in the Asian Grand Prix Athletics meet to be held at the Late Baburao Sanas Sports complex in Pune on May 26.

Twenty Asian level medallists from 19 countries will be seen in action in the one-day meet, which is the third leg of this year's Asian Grand Prix, the first two being held at Bangalore and and Bangkok.

A total of 136 athletes would take part in this championship with 21 representing India.

Talking to reporters here today, Indian Olympic Association President Suresh Kalmadi said if Qatar is yet to confirm their participation for the 50,000 dollar prize money event.

There will be a total of 17 events in the tourney, including eight for women, the IOA chief said, adding that ''a maximum of eight athletes are permitted for each event, with two representing India and remaining six from other countries.'' Apart from Anju, the 2002 Asian Games gold medal winner, other Busan Asiad champions who would be seen in action include Eawi Al Shammari (Kuwait, men's 400m), Damayanti Darsha (Sri Lanka, women's 200m) and Fenjg Yun (China, women's 100m hurdles), as per the entry list.

Events to be held in the Grand Prix are 100m, 400m, 800m, 3000m, 400m hurdles, High Jump, Long Jump, Shot Put and Javelin for men; while women will compete in 200m, 400m, 800m, 100m hurdles, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Put and Discus.


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