Anju Bobby George the Indian Athlete is credited to be the First Indian Athlete ever to have grabbed a Medal at the World Athletics Championship. Not the one to rest on her laurels, she won the silver medal at the IAAF World Athletics Final in 2005 with a leap of 6.75 m.
Born in Changanassery, Kerala on April 19, 1977, she was initiated into athletics at an early age by her father. Her trainer Mr. Thomas in school fuelled her interest in athletics. Her talent was recognized at the national level when she won medals at the national schools games. Initially Anju began her Athletics career with Heptathlon, a combined Athletics competition comprised of 7 different events.
Later on, she decided to focus upon jump events only, and won the medal in Long Jump event at Delhi Junior Asian Championship 1996. She created a new National Record in Triple Jump at the Bangalore Federation Cup and grabbed the Silver Medal at South Asian Federation Games in Nepal in the year 1999. She also grabbed the Gold Medals in Triple Jump and Long Jump events at Ludhiana National Games in the same year.
Anju Bobby George won the Gold medal in the women`s Long Jump at the 16th Asian Athletics Championship in Incheon City of South Korea with a leap of 6.65 metres. She also won the Silver medal at the IAAF World Athletics Final in 2005 by clearing 6.75 m. Her wonderful performance continued in 2007 also, when she won Silver medal in the 17th Asian Athletics Championship at Amman (Jordan) with a jump of 6.65m. She also qualified for the Osaka World Championship in August 2007, with this performance. In 2008, she won the Silver medal in 3rd Asian Indoor Championship in athletics at Doha (Qatar). She crossed a distance of 6.38m in the championship. She improved her performance in the 3rd South Asian Athletics Championship at Kochi (Kerala, India) and won the Gold medal by clearing a distance of 6.50 m.
Anju Bobby George reached her highest ever World ranking of No. 4, in 2004, by which time she was considered to be one of the world`s foremost athletes. For her unparalleled excellence in the sport and her continuous contribution to the nation through the numerous laurels she’s brought home, Anju Bobby George was honored with Arjuna Award in the year 2002-2003 by the Government of India. Further, she was bestowed upon the most prestigious Indian award in the field of sports, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in the year 2003-2004. She was also conferred upon the Padma Shri award in the year 2004.