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Krishna Poonia
India

  • Country: India
  • Sport: Track & Field
  • Born: 5/5/1982
  • Hometown: Jaipur, India
  • Career Highlights: Krishna Poonia is an Indian discus thrower and is widely considered as the best woman discus thrower in the country. She is a national champion and also an Asian and Commonwealth Games medallist. Born in the Hisar district of Haryana, Poonia married former athlete Virender Singh in 2000 and settled in Rajasthan. With the support of her husband, she continued her sports career. At the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, she won the Bronze after throwing her personal best of 61.53. In the 2006 National Games, she sprung a surprise defeating favourites Seema Antil and Harwant Kaur. In 2008, she contested the Beijing Olympics but couldn’t get past the qualifying stage where she finished 10th. She claimed the Gold medal in the 2010 Commonwealth Games held in Delhi and led the Indian clean sweep in the women’s discus final. In doing so, she became the first Indian woman to win a gold in the Commonwealth Games, the first Indian to win a medal at the Commonwealth Games in the track and field event, and the first athlete since Milkha Singh to win a gold medal in such events. She was awarded the Arjuna Award by the Indian Government in 2010. She was also awarded the Maharana Pratap Award by the Rajasthan Government, the Maharana Mewar Award from Mewar Foundation, and the Bhavani Singh Samman from the former royal family of Jaipur. Her achievements in athletics make her a bright prospect to win a medal for India at the London Olympics.
  • Previous Olympics: 2008
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