Anju Bobby George
() (born 19 April 1977) is an Indian
athlete. Anju Bobby George made history when she won the bronze medal in Long Jump
at the 2003 World Championships in Athletics
in Paris. With this achievement, she became the first Indian athlete ever to win a medal in a World Championships in Athletics
clearing 6.70 m. She went on to win the silver medal at the IAAF World Athletics Final
in 2005, a performance she considers her best.
Anju was born in Kochuparambil family in Changanassery
, Kerala to K.T.Markose. She was initiated into athletics by her father and her interest was further developed by her trainer in Koruthode school. She did her schooling in CKM Koruthode School and graduated from Vimala College
. In the school athletic meet in 1991–92, she won the 100 m hurdles and relay and stood second in long jump and high jump events, thus becoming the women's champion. Anju's talent was noticed in the national schools games where she won third place in 100 m hurdles and 4x100 m relay. She was in Calicut University
Although she started with Heptathlon
, she later began to concentrate on her jump events and went on to win long jump medal in the 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
. In 2001 Anju bettered her own record in long jump to 6.74 m in the National Circuit Meet at......