Anju Bobby George

Anju Bobby George

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Anju Bobby George Profile

  • Name:
  • Anju Bobby George
  • Born:
  • April 19, 1977
  • Father:
  • K. T. Markos
  • Mother:
  • Gracy
  • Spouse:
  • Robert Bobby George
  • Education:
  • Post Graduation from Calicut University

  • Awards:
  • Arjuna Award in 2002-03

    Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 2003-04

    Padma Shri in 2004

    Hero Sports Academy Awards – Sports Woman of the Year 2004 and 2005

    Jimmy George Award 2004

    Mathrubhumi Star of the Year 2003

    Best Female Athlete National Games in the years 2001 and 2002

  • Achievements:
  • Bronze Medal in Long Jump in World Championships held at Paris in 2003

    Bronze Medal in Long Jump in Commonwealth Games held at Manchester in 2002

Anju Bobby George Biography

Anju Bobby George is one of the best athletes India has ever produced. She participates in Long jump and Triple jump events. She is the first Indian athlete ever to win a medal in a World Championships in Athletics. She made history in the year 2003, winning a bronze medal in Long Jump at the 2003 World Championships in Athletics in Paris jumping 6.70 m. Most recently in January 2014, her win at IAAF World Athletics Final, Monte Carlo in 2005 has been elevated to gold from silver following the disqualification of golden medalist Tatyana Kotova of Russia, for testing positive for a steroid.


She has won Asian games in Long jump events two times. Bronze medal at 2002 Commonwealth Games at Manchester, gold medal at the Asian Games in Busan and Gold medal at Asian Athletics Championship in Incheon City of South Korea are other major achievements. She finished 6th at 2004 Olympic Games at Athens with her personal best of 6.83 m. She is hopeful that final results of Olympics may change as the winners have tested positive for steroid and Anju may be declared Bronze medal winner at Olympics, the game which she regards herself as a winner. Anju has retired from athletics and now engaged in family life. She is married to former National Champion in triple jump, Robert Bobby George who is her coach too. The couple has two children.


She was born in in Changanassery, Kerala on 19 April 1977. She was initiated to athletics field by her father, K. T. Markose. She has been active in athletics since school days and she won the 100 m hurdles and relay in 1991-1992 school athletic meet. She finished third in 100 m hurdles and 4x100 m relay at national schools games. Then she concentrated herself to long jump event and won a medal at 1996 Delhi junior Asian championship. In 1999 Anju set the national record for triple jump in the Bangalore Federation Cup and Silver medal at the South Asian Federation Games in Nepal.


Then Indian-sports history witnessed the golden achievements of this athlete. Her bronze medal win in Long Jump at the 2003 World Championships is regarded as one of the milestones of Indian athletics. She was honoured with Arjuna award in 2002–2003, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 2003–2004 and was conferred Padma Shri in 2004.

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Updated: February 17, 2014

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