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Krishna Poonia once again proved her mettle as an A qualifier to the Olympics

Portland, USA – 17 October 2011

In less than 72 hours after she attained the “B” qualification norm to the 2012 Olympic Games here, Indian discus thrower Krishna Poonia delivered a stupendous performance of 62.25m that surpassed the “A” standard (62m) and proved her gold winning show in last year’s Commonwealth Games at New Delhi was not a fluke!

 Krishna registered 61.12m on Friday for her initial qualification.  But she went all out to breach the 62m mark in what is called the “Halloween Throws Meet”.  Today’s performance was better than her golden throw of 61.51m in CWG last year.

 Krishna was the 21st athlete in the world to achieve the “A” standard qualification for the Olympics since the commencement of the qualification period on May 1 this year.  Poonia’s show will encourage other Indian discus throwers, especially the other two CWG medallists Harwant Kaur and Seema Antil, to join her on the race for the Olympic berth since a maximum number of three athletes with A-standard from a nation will be allowed to compete in London.  The last date for attaining the eligibility is 8th July 2012.

 Virender Poonia, husband and coach of Krishna, thanked the Indian government and Athletics Federation of India for their continuous support and encouragement.  With today’s meet Krishna ended her campaign for the season and hence very happy that she achieved the best of her season on a winning note.

 / Ram. Murali Krishnan /

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