Krishna Poonia: Profile 2012 London Olympics

Updated: Jul 16, 2012, 21:05 PM IST

Zeenews Sports Bureau

Full Name: Krishna Poonia

Sports: Athletics (Discus Throw)

Born: 5 May 1982

Height: 6`0"

Krishna Poonia (women’s discus throw): Poonia completed the task of qualifying for the Olympics as she threw a distance of 61.12 metres - crossing the Olympic qualification `B` standard mark of 59.50m - to clinch the gold at the Fling Throw Meet in Portland, US in October 2011.

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.

Discus thrower Krishna Poonia is the first Indian woman to win the Gold Medal in Commonwealth 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