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Anju Bobby George

Anju Bobby George was the first Indian athlete to win at ‘World Championship in Athletics’. She won a bronze medal by jumping 6.70 meters. She is one of the finest athletes of India. With a number of awards and accolades and a huge fan following, Anju Bobby George plays a vital role in boosting athletics in India.

Born: April 19, 1977 (age 38), Changanassery
Education: University of Calicut
Siblings: Jimmy George
Parents: K.T. Markos, Gracy Markos
Awards: Arjuna Award for Athletics

Early Life of Anju Bobby George

Anju was born in Kochuparambil family in Changanassery on 19th April 1977 to .T. Markose and Gracy Markose. Her father was the one who encouraged her to enter sports. After completing her school from CKM Koruthode School, she went to Vimala College for her graduation. While in school she won the 100m hurdles and relay race, and finished 2nd in the Long Jump and High Jump events at the School Athletics meet. She finished 3rd in 100m hurdles and 4x100m relay race at National School Games.

Achievements of Anju Bobby George

She won a medal at Long Jump event at Delhi Junior Asian Championship 1996. She broke all records in Triple Jump at the Bangalore Federation Cup and grabbed the Silver Medal at South Asian Federation Games in Nepal in the year 1999. At the National Circuit Meet held at Thiruvananthapuram in 2001, she covered a distance of 6.74m. Anju won Gold Medals in Triple Jump and Long Jump events at Ludhiana National Games in the same year. She won a bronze Medal in the Long Jump event at the Manchester Commonwealth Games 2002. At the Busan Asian Games 2002 she won Gold Medal in the Long Jump event clearing 6.53m, and became the First Indian Woman Athlete ever to win a Gold Medal at the Asian Games. At Paris World Athletics Championship 2003 to win a Bronze Medal by covering a distance of 6.70 meters. She won a Gold Medal in the Women’s Long Jump event at 16th Asian Athletics Championship 2005. At International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Athletics Final 2005 she won a silver medal by covering a distance of 6.75 meters. At the Doha Asian Games 2006 she won a Silver Medal in Women’s Long Jump. Next she won a Silver Medal again at the 17th Asian Athletics Championship held at Amman, Jordan, with a jump of 6.65m. In 2008, Anju grabbed a Silver Medal at the 3rd Asian Indoor Championship held at Doha. She was awarded the Arjuna Award in 2002-2003 for her extra ordinary achievements by the Government of India. She was the bestowed with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in the year 2003-2004. In the year 2004, the received the prestigious Padma Shree.

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