Anju Bobby George
Award Name : Arjuna Award
Year of Award : 2002
Award for : Sports and Games
Location : Kottayam, Kerala, India
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 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.