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Anju chasing Olympic dream

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Chennai, Aug 31 (UNI) Ace Long Jumper Anju George is chasing a dream -- Beijing Olympics in 2008.

The long-legged Keralite who was felicitated by the Tamil Nadu Athletics Association for winning the Gold in the just concluded South Asian Games in Colombo, said her next target was the Beijing Olympics.

''I won't put pressure on myself by thinking about the Olympics. At the same time I am chasing the Olympic dream'', she said.

Anju said she was happy about retaining the Gold in the SAF games but was not really happy about her performance as her ecord-shattering gold winning effort of 6.42 m in Colombo was way behind her personal best of 6.83 at Athens Olympics 2004.

Anju, who is being coached by her husband Bobby, was confident of breaking the seven-metre barrier.

''I will break it at the right time. That distance will fall at the right time'', she added.

Anju said she would not be going abroad for training this year. ''The facilities in SAI Centre Bangalore are world class.

Our athletes need not go abroad for training'', she added.

UNI GV-VV DH HT1615

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