J. J. Shobha, who is a professional athlete, participated and won the heptathlon, the inaugural Afro Asian games in 2003. She has a National World Record which is yet to be broken by any other athlete. She attained a personal best of 6211 points in 2004 Olympic Games. And the point still remains unbroken. Her achievement in 2004 Olympic Games in Athens remains unbeaten, where, despite being injured at the penultimate round of the javelin throw, she competed in seven discipline heptathlon event with success. Though she had to leave the playing arena due to injury, but she came back with her left ankle tightly strapped and finished at 3rd position in the final round (800m) and in 11th position overall with 6172 points. In the year 2004, the Government of India awarded here with Arjuna Award for her brave performance at the Olympic Events.
She came into the news for her performance at the 2004 Olympic game in Athens; where she completed the seven-discipline heptathlon event despite being injured in the penultimate event of Javelin throw. She had to be carried off the field but she returned with a tightly strapped left ankle and finished 3rd in the final event (800 m) and 11th overall with 6172 points. She was awarded the Arjuna award for the year 2004 for her gritty performance. Four years later, a fully fit J.J. Shobha competed in 2008 Beijing Olympics but failed to impress as she finished 29th place in heptathlon event scoring 5749 points,