Krishna Poonia

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Krishna Poonia, is a national woman discus throw champion of India. She led an Indian clean sweep in the women's discus final on 11th October 2010, winning the Delhi Commonwealth Games gold medal with a throw of 61.51 metres.

Early life

Krishna was born in 1982 in Agroha, Hisar district of Haryana in a Jat family and married to Virender Singh Poonia of Gagarwas village in Churu district in Rajasthan in 2000. The couple work for Indian Railways and live in Jaipur. Virender Singh is a former athlete. Krishna studied sociology in Kanodia Girls College in Jaipur.

Sport career

She won bronze medal in 2006 Doha Asian Games. Krishna Poonia threw the discus to 61.53, her personal best, in the second try and finished behind Aimin Sing of China (63.52) and Ma Xuenjun, also of China (62.43). Krishna Poonia had won gold medal in the 46th Open National athletics championships to nose ahead of favourites Seema Antil and Harwant Kaur while registering a career-best 60.10 metres distance.

She contested at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but failed to reach the finals, after finishing 10th in the qualifiers with a throw of 58.23

2010 Commonwealth games

Discus thrower Krishna Poonia is the first Indian woman to win the Gold Medal in Common Wealth Games 2010 in New Delhi. Poonia led the historic clean sweep of the discus event by clearing 61.5 meters.She is the first Indian woman to win a gold medal in track and field events of Commonwealth games and the first Indian to win a gold medal in...
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