World Athletics Awards 2021: India Legend Anju Bobby George named ‘Woman of the Year’; Full list of winners

World Athletics Awards 2021: A retired Indian sprinter Anju Bobby George was awarded ‘Woman of the Year’ for her continuous efforts in advancing the sport in India and for inspiring more women to follow her footsteps and achieve their dreams of being successful athletes.

Created On: Dec 2, 2021 11:12 IST
Anju Bobby George 'Woman of the Year'
Anju Bobby George 'Woman of the Year'

World Athletics Awards: At the World Athletics Awards 2021, a retired Indian sprinter Anju Bobby George was awarded ‘Woman of the Year’ by the World Athletics for her efforts in advancing the sport in India and for inspiring more women to follow her footsteps and achieve their dreams of being a successful athlete.

At the World Athletics Awards 2021, the Olympic Champions Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica and Norway’s Karsten Warholm were named the World Athletes of the year. The ceremony of the prestigious World Athletics Awards was held in a virtual mode on December 1, 2021.

Anju Bobby George from India has been honoured with the ‘Woman of the year’ award for being a constant voice for gender equality in her role as the Senior Vice-President of the Indian Athletics Federation.

Anju Bobby George: Woman of the year 2021 by World Athletics

Anju Bobby George is a retired Indian athlete who had made history by winning the bronze medal in the long jump at the World Championship in Athletics held in Paris in 2003.

George became the first Indian athlete to win a medal in the World Championships in Athletics. Later in 2005, she also went on to win a gold medal at the IAAF World Athletics Final.

Anju Bobby George is still actively involved in the sport. In 2016, the former International long jump star from India opened an academy for the young girls of the country which has already given a world U20 medalist. George also mentors young school girls for future leadership positions within the sport.

Awards & Honours




Arjuna Awards


Khel Ratna


Padma Shri

Elaine Thompson-Herah: World Athlete of the Year 2021

Elaine Thompson-Herah from Jamaica retained one of the finest sprint seasons in 2021. She retained her Olympic 100 m and 200 m titles in Tokyo Olympics and added a third gold medal in the 4x100m relay.

Thompson-Herah on top of her Olympic triple, also clocked the world-leading times of 10.54 and 21.53 over 100m and 200m. With this, she moved to the second on the world all-time lists and came within touching distance of the long-standing world records.

World Athletics Awards 2021: Full list of winners



World Athletes of the Year

Elaine Thompson-Herah and Karsten Warholm

Female Rising Star

Athing Mu

Male Rising Star

Erriyon Knighton

Member Federations Award

Federacion Costarricense de Atletismo (Costa Rica)

Inspiration Award

Mutaz Barshim and Gianmarco Tamberi

President’s Award

Peter Diamond, Executive Vice President of NBC Olympic Programming

Coaching Achievement Award

Bobby Kersee

Woman of the Year Award

Anju Bobby George

Jean-Pierre Durand World Athletics Photograph of the Year

Photograph by Ryan Pierse of the women’s high jump qualifying at the Tokyo Olympic Games

 World Athletics Awards

World Athletics hosts the annual World Athletics Awards at the end of each year. The awards recognize the achievements of the athletes and the other people who are involved in the sport, including federations, coaching among others. As part of the ceremony, members may also be inducted into the IAAF Hall of Fame. Until 2017, the World Athletics Awards were the World Athletics Gala.

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