Olympian Anju Bobby George, who won a historic bronze medal at the 2003 UKTN Championships in Paris, said on Monday that she was successful and reached the top with just one kidney. In a tweet, the ace athlete, a gold medalist at the IAAF UKTN Final (Monaco, 2005), said she has many limitations, including being allergic even to a pain reliever, but that she was getting there. “Believe it or not, I’m one of the lucky few who reached the world top with just one KIDNEY, allergic to even pain reliever, with a dead leg on take off … Many limitations … we call, a coach’s magic or his talent, ”Anju tweeted.
Her career blossomed under the guidance of her husband Robert Bobby George. In response to her tweet, Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said she had brought laurels to India with her hard work, courage and determination.
“Anju, it is your hard work, courage and determination to bring laurels to India, supported by the dedicated coaches and the entire backup technical team. We are so proud that you are the only Indian to have won a medal at the World Championships in Athletics so far! “said the Minister in his reply to his tweet.
The Indian Athletics Federation declared that as India’s only medalist at the IAAF World Championships (Paris, 2003), gold medalist at the IAAF UKTN Final (Monaco , 2005) and a remarkably consistent performer throughout her wonderful career, Anju is one of the most inspiring athletic stars.
She finished sixth at the 2004 Athens Olympics with a personal best 6.83m, but was elevated to fifth place in 2007 when Marion Jones of the United States of America was disqualified for a doping offense .
“Her gold medal at the Busan Asian Games in 2002 with a jump of 6.53m was a first indication of things to come in the following years. From 5.98m in 1996, her rise was encouraging but she stagnated a shortly before, fully developed under the guidance of her husband Robert Bobby George, ”said the federation.
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