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Anju Bobby George, Ace Long Jumper
Anju Bobby George In Doha Asian Games 2006
Anju Markos was born on April 19th, 1977 in Cheeranchira Kochuparambil family in Changanasseri, Kerala to Vazhapallil Kochuparambil Markos and Gracy. She completed her primary education in St Ann's High School. Anju's athletic training began when K.P. Thomas, the physical education teacher of CKM high school, noted her abilities.
Anju Bobby George's Early Achievements
She was the women's champion in the school athletic meet for the year 1991-92. Anju's talent was noticed in the national school games where she won third place in 100 m hurdles and 4x100 m relay. Anju came first in 100 m hurdles and relay and was placed second in long jump and high jump events. During her second year of graduation in the Thrissur Vimala College, Anju was the Calicut University Champion.
Her International Long Jump Accomplishments
She became the first Indian athlete ever to win a medal in a World Athletics Championship.
Concentrating on jump events, Anju went 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 in the Nepal SAAF games.
In 2001 Anju bettered her own record in long jump to 6.74 m in the National Circuit Meet at Thiruvananthapuram. This was her best personal performance. In the same year she won gold for triple jump and long jump in the Ludhiana National games. Anju reigned supreme in her events in the Hyderabad National games also.
Her performance in the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth games won her the bronze with 6.49 m.
Putting behind the disappointment of the Athens Olympics, she is already looking ahead at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. "I am yet to peak. My best jump is yet to come," she told reporters. Her husband-coach Bobby George agreed, He also pointed out that Anju had turned in her personal best jump of 6.83 metres at the Athens Olympics.
Coach and Husband Bobby George
Anju's coach is her Husband Mr. Bobby George who is also the brother of Legandry Volley Ball Player, Indian Captain, Late Mr. Jimmy George.