If you know anything about Indian athletes, then you have probably heard of Anju Bobby George. She is a world-renowned long jumper who has set numerous national and international records.
She is the first Indian to win a medal in the World Athletic Championships and is also the first Asian to win a gold medal in the Commonwealth Games. In this blog post, we will take a look at her life and career.
Anju Bobby George
Early Life and Career
Anju Bobby George was born in Chalakudy, Kerala, India on April 19, 1977. She started out her athletic career as a sprinter but later switched to long jumping after being inspired by American decathlete Dan O’Brien. George made her international debut at the 1999 Asian Athletics Championships where she finished sixth.
The following year, she won the bronze medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics which made her the first Indian woman to win an Olympic medal in track and field events. George’s medal was initially announced as a silver but was later upgraded to bronze after the disqualification of Ukrainian athlete Olena Hovorova.
George continued to have success at various competitions over the next few years. She won gold at the 2002 Asian Games and bronze at the 2003 World Championships. In 2006, she became the first Indian athlete to win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games when she won the long jump event with a jump of 6.70 meters.
Later Career and Retirement
George’s last major competition was the 2010 Asian Games where she won the silver medal. She announced her retirement from athletics in 2012 due to injuries. Since retiring, George has been working as a motivational speaker and running her own athletics academy.
Anju Bobby George is one of India’s most successful athletes. She has won numerous medals at different competitions throughout her career and has even set some national and international records. If you are ever feeling down or like you can’t achieve your dreams, remember Anju’s story and let it inspire you to never give up on yourself.
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