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Krishna Poonia qualified for London Olympics

Portland, USA – 15 October 2011

 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Krishna Poonia has become the latest athlete from India to qualify for next year’s Olympic Games at London. 

 Krishna, presently training in United States Throws Center at Concordia University (Oregon) since July this year under the guidance of former US Olympian MacWilkins, had won the discus throw event in the Fling Throws Meet here today with an excellent performance of 61.12m.

 The champion athlete showed tremendous improvement after recovering from an injury which she sustained after the Delhi games last year and today’s performance marked her season’s best.   Krishna was now one of the half a dozen Indian athletes who achieved Olympic qualification norms since the beginning of the qualification period this year. 

 “I thank Indian fans as a large number of Indian community living in this area have come and encouraged me that enable improvement in my performance level” Krishna revealed after the event and added that she missed her son Lakshya Raj Poonia due to her training at the United States for the past four months and eager to meet him when she return home in the first week of November.

 Another discus thrower Vikas Gowda, Shot putter Om Prakash, triple jumper Mayookha Johny, half-miler Tintu Luka and walkers Gurmeet Singh and Babubhai Panucha are the other athletes already attained the London qualification.

 With a large number of young and upcoming athletes shown promising performances in recent period, the list is expected to grow bigger in the days to come.

 / Ram. Murali Krishnan /

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