Anju Bobby George Biography
Anju Bobby George (born 19 April 1977) is a renowned Indian athlete. She is a recipient of many sports honours at both national and international levels. Currently, she is the Chairperson of Target Olympic Podium Scheme(TOPS) and is also the Khelo India project ‘s Executive member.
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 further fuelled her interest in athletics. Her talent was recognized at the national level when she won medals at the national school games. She is married to Robert Bobby George, who is her coach and a former National Champion in the triple jump.
In 1999, she set the national record for triple jump in the Bangalore Federation Cup. She improved on her own record in the National Circuit Meet at Thiruvananthapuram. She won the gold medals in the triple jump and long jump in the Ludhiana and Hyderabad National Games. She won the gold medal at the Asian Games in Busan, South Korea.
Anju Bobby George hit headlines in 2003 when she won the bronze medal (Long Jump, jumping 6.7 m) at the 2003 World Championships in Athletics. This made her the first India to win a medal at the World Championships in Athletics.
Her personal best was a jump of 6.83 m at the 2004 Summer Olympics at Athens, but it fetched her only the sixth position. Her other victories include a silver medal in women’s long jump in the Doha Asian Games, 2006.
Awards and recognition
- Anju Bobby George was a recipient of the prestigious Arjuna award in 2002-2003.
- Anju Bobby George was also awarded the country’s highest sporting honour, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 2003-2004.
- Anju Bobby George was awarded the Padma Shri in 2004.