KR­ISHNA POO­NIA, 29

DIS­CUS Agroha, Haryana

India Today - - SPORTS -

SPORT­ING STYLE She po­si­tions her throw­ing arm to con­cen­trate the en­ergy from her 80 kg frame. She swings her up­per torso to gather im­pe­tus and fi­nally pirou­ettes, thrust­ing mus­cu­lar power into the right arm as she un­leashes the dis­cus in the air. The fly­ing disc lands at 64m, near her cur­rent per­sonal best, but her hus­band and coach Viren­der Poo­nia wor­ries that it might not be good enough for the Olympics.

HER STORY The first In­dian woman to claim gold in the track and field event at the 2010 Com­mon­wealth Games in Delhi, Kr­ishna Poo­nia didn’t al­ways dream of a ca­reer in sports. A vil­lage girl, she was in­tro­duced to the game while in col­lege. But with mar­riage at the age of 20 and preg­nancy a year later, she gave up all hope of be­ing any­thing but a home­maker. Her in-laws, how­ever, wanted oth­er­wise. They for­bade the new bride from don­ning the veil and en­cour­aged her to keep up her pas­sion in sports. Six months af­ter giv­ing birth to her son Lak­shya Raj, Kr­ishna was ready to get back to her game and ful­fil the dreams she and Viren­der had seen.

VAN­TAGE POINT In the Altius Track Crew Throw­down event in the US this year, Kr­ishna smashed the ex­ist­ing na­tional record of 64.64m with a throw of 64.76m. She has her eyes set on the 65m mark.

CHAL­LENGE AHEAD The sea­son’s best is 68.89m, by Na­dine Muller of Ger­many. Kr­ishna will have to do much bet­ter than 64.76m to de­feat Muller.

OLYMPIC RUN- UP In the past few months, Kr­ishna has been able to bet­ter her per­sonal best of 64.76m dur­ing train­ing and is striv­ing hard for a podium fin­ish at the Olympics.

“My train­ing keeps Viren­der and me away from our son. The only thing that will com­pen­sate for this lost time is a win at the Games.”

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