Anju jumped to fame by winning the bronze medal in long jump at the World Athletics Championships, 2003 in Paris.
With her bronze-winning performance at the world athletics Championship 2003 in Paris, Anju Bobby George catapulted herself to fame and won the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 2004. Even before winning the bronze at the Paris meet, Anju had shown a lot of promise by winning the gold at the junior Asian Championship in1996. Although she started with Heptathlon, later began to concentrate on her jump events and went on to win long jump medal at the junior Asian championship. She also won the silver medal at the SAF games in Nepal. Anju became the first Indian woman to win a bronze medal clearing 6.49 m at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester 2002. She also won the gold medal at the Busan Asian Games. Anju received the prestigious Arjuna award in 2003 for eminent sports persons from the government of India after her success in the World Athletic meet.
Anju has been consistently performing ever since her arrival on the athletic scenario of India. Her bronze-winning effort at the World Athletics Championship 2003, Paris has been the zenith of her carrier. This win at the world championship coincided with the upcoming Athens Olympic Games and all the countrymen suddenly started nurturing the hope of a medal at the Olympic Games. She was tipped to be one among the top three but that was not to be and the hopes of 100 million people were dashed to the ground. Although Anju could not win any medal at the Olympics, she tried hard and improved her own record.