Anju Bobby George, India’s first athletics medallist at the World Championship, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the presence of Karnataka BJP president BS Yeddyurappa in Bengaluru. Anju is the only Indian athlete to have won a medal in the World Championships with a long jump bronze in 2003.
She went on to win the gold medal at the IAAF World Athletics Final in 2005, a performance she considers her best. Anju was upgraded to gold status from silver in the 2005 World Athletics Final in Monte Carlo following the disqualification of Tatyana Kotova of Russia by the International Association of Athletics Federations, following the re-testing of the latter’s sample collected at the 2005 World Championship in Helsinki.
She was awarded the Arjuna Award in 2002. She had got 5th position with personal best score of 6.83 at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
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