She led the field, not just by winning medals but also by encouraging future black female athletes to compete.
In her esteemed running career Anita set British running records, won medals in the European Championships and Commonwealth games and competed in the 1968 Mexico and 1972 Munich Olympics.
Now aged 70, the Wellingborough grandma says she is delighted to be finally recognised.
Her family have campaigned for some time for Anita’s achievements to be noticed, but only recently has the British Olympic Association confirmed that she was Britain's first black female Olympic athlete.
She still puts on her trainers, although now it is to speed walk around her home town Wellingborough to keep fit.
There are now calls for a street to be named after her as one way to mark her contribution to British sporting history.