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Anju Bobby George gets World Athletics’ Woman of the Year award

Prime Sports, International and National Sport, Athletics, Lausanne (Switzerland), December 2:- Anju Bobby George gets World Athletics’ Woman of the Year award. Anju Bobby Geroge, the first Indian athlete to win a medal in a World Championships, has bagged the World Athletics’ ‘Woman of the Year’ award for her inspiring role in promoting the sport in India. The World Athletics announced her name at the awards ceremony held virtually on Wednesday (December 1) in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Anju made history when she won the bronze medal in the long jump at the 2003 World Championships in Athletics in Paris.

Anju, a senior vice-president of the Indian Athletics Federation, mentors many young girls through her training academy which has already helped many to shine at international level athletics meets, including U-20 gold medalist Shaili Singh. She is also chairman of the Indian Olympic Association’s Athletes Commission.

Meanwhile, Olympic champions Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica and Karsten Warholm of Norway were named the Athletes of the Year at the World Athletics Awards 2021. Thompson-Herah retained her Olympic 100m and 200m titles in Tokyo and added a third gold medal in the 4x100m relay.

In an official release, Thompson-Herah said that she went very close to the world record.

“I just take it year by year. I went very close to the world record so you know, anything is possible,” she said. “The World Championships in Oregon is most definitely my next big target. It is close to home, I hope friends and family can come out and watch. I hope I get some crowd as well. That couldn’t happen in Tokyo but hopefully, in Eugene, I can get my friends and family to come and cheer me on,” she added. (MR, Inputs: Agencies)

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