South Indian athlete Anju Bobby George gets gold after nine year wait

It was a happy moment for Anju Bobby George, the Silver medal winner in long jump at the Monaco World Athletics 2005 which was held in Monte Carlo, when her second place win was raised to a first place by The International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) on Tuesday, January 15th. Tatyana Kotova, the Russian Competitor, who was the first place winner, was declared disqualified after a re-test of the urine samples were done to check for doping.

It was a long wait of nine years for Anju and with this upgradation, she also becomes the first Indian track and field athlete ever to win a gold medal with a leap of 6.75 m.
Kotova’s samples were also retested last year to check if she had doped in 2005 World Athletics Championships, which was held in Helsinki from August 6th through 14th, and she was found guilty. She has now been suspended until 2015. Monaco World Athletics was also held in the same year on September 9th and 10th.

Anju Bobby George gets gold after nine year wait

Anju Bobby George gets gold after nine year wait

Anju said that she was really happy after this news and would not hesitate in celebrating even after 9 years of wait. She also added that she would have been happier if she got a gold medal at that time as one feels happy after hearing your national anthem in another country. Nonetheless, she proved that she is a sportsperson even at heart when she said “At least justice happened after nine years and anyways, we can celebrate it at any time”.

As the news of doping is increasing in the field of sports, urine samples are frozen and kept so that it can be retested, if required, to detect the presence of any banned substances for performance enhancement. It can be kept for up to eight years.

In 2005 World Athletics Championships, Kotova had finished second. So, after her disqualification, Anju’s fifth position was upgraded to fourth. With this, she is also expecting an upgrade in her performance in 2004 Athens Olympics where she had finished sixth.

While The Athletics Federation of India is still waiting for an official communication from IAAF, the website of IAAF has been updated with this news declaring Anju as the gold medalist in Monaco World Athletics 2005.