Anju Bobby George said Shaili Singh will be on top of the world in long jump in four-five years
Anju’s national record of 6.83m has stood since 2004. Shelly on Sunday won her first international medal at the senior level when she won the bronze medal with an effort of 6.65m at the Seiko Grand Prix gold-level event of the World Athletics Continental Tour in Yokohama, Japan. This was the first global competition at the senior level of the genre.
Former long jumper ace Anju Bobby George believes that her pupil Shaili Singh, going by her performance at the age of 19, will be on top of the world in the next four or five years, like javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra. In the same year, Shaili’s jump of 6.76 meters in the Indian Grand Prix is the second best performance by an Indian woman after Anju. Anju’s national record of 6.83m has stood since 2004. Shelly on Sunday won her first international medal at the senior level when she won the bronze medal with an effort of 6.65m at the Seiko Grand Prix gold-level event of the World Athletics Continental Tour in Yokohama, Japan. This was the first global competition at the senior level of the genre.
Anju told PTI, “The long jump she (Shelly) has done at the age of 19 is amazing. At the age of nineteen she jumped 6.76 metres. She is a rare talent and we have to nurture her very carefully so that when she matures, she becomes one of the best players in the world. Indian female athlete Anju and her husband Robert Bobby George discovered Shelly in 2017 when she was just 13 years old.
Shaili is currently training under the guidance of Robert who is also the High Performance Coach at the Sports Authority of India’s National Center of Excellence in Bengaluru. Anju said winning the bronze medal in Japan was the first step in Shelly’s transformation from a promising athlete to a consistent medal winner at the global level. He said, “This medal will boost his confidence a lot. You need these kind of competitions and respect for change. Age is on her side and she will achieve more in the years to come.
“I am hopeful that Shaili can win at least one medal in the Asian Games and also qualify for the World Championships in Budapest,” said Anju. : Had jumped 6.55m, 6.51m and 6.50m. The qualifying standard for the World Championships is 6.85m. If Shaili clears 6.85m and qualifies for the World Championships to be held in Budapest from August 19 to 27, she will break Anju’s national record which she set during the 2004 Athens Olympics. Shaili was brought up by her mother, who works as a tailor in a village in Jhansi district of Uttar Pradesh. Anju said, “She is very dedicated and hardly goes home. His mother comes to Bangalore to meet him. He is now in a better position financially, has a few sponsors and is also involved in TOPS (development group).
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