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Poonia bags silver,breaks national record

Commonwealth Games gold medallist and London-bound woman discus thrower Krishna Poonia broke the national record and won silver at the Altius Track Crew Throwdown meet in Maui Island,Hawaii

Written by Press Trust Of India | New Delhi | Published: May 8, 2012 1:36 am

Commonwealth Games gold medallist and London-bound woman discus thrower Krishna Poonia on Monday broke the national record and won silver at the Altius Track Crew Throwdown meet in Maui Island,Hawaii.

Krishna hurled the discuss to 64.76 metres to not only pocket the silver medal but also break Seema Antil’s record of 64.64 metres.

After her first attempt was called foul,Krishna threw the discuss to 56.96,64.76,62.68,61.55 and 63.68 metres respectively to end her campaign on an impressive note in the Hawaii event.

Reigning Olympic champion Stephanie Brown Trafton of USA won the gold medal with a throw of 66.86 metres,while Gia Lewis-Smallwood pocketed the bronze with an effort of 63.97 metres.

Krishna,who had qualified for the London Olympics after clinching a gold medal in the women’s discus throw event of the Fling Throw Meet in Portland,USA earlier this summer. Poonia had crossed the Olympic qualification ‘A’ mark of 62.25 metres.

Krishna’s husband and coach Virendar Poonia hoped that his wife would cross the 65 metres mark in the upcoming London Olympics.

“I am very happy with my performance as the long wait to break the national record was over today. I am hoping that I can cross 65 metres in London,” Poonia said.

Poonia had won silver in another meet at the same venue two days ago with an effort of 63.67 metres. She is now among the top-seven best performers in the world this year and her national record-breaking effort of 64.76 metres is among the top 15 of the season.

Poonia has been undergoing a three-month training stint at the Throws Centre at Concordia University at Oregon,Portland under the guidance of former Olympic champion Mac Wilkins.

She will now participate in the Samsung Diamond League Meetings in Eugene (June 2) and New York (June 9),a meet in which the top throwers of the world will participate.

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