Discus thrower Kamalpreet Kaur qualifies for Tokyo Olympics on Friday. It was the last day of the All India Senior Athletics Championship in Patiala. She broke the previous national record of 64.76 m held by Krishna Poonia set in the year 2012. The new national record set by Kamalpreet is 65.06 m. The Olympic qualification mark is 63.5 m. This is for the very 1st time the 65 m mark has been touched by any Indian women in the Discus throw event.
The 25- year old surprised everyone with her record throw. Seema Punia, the 37-year-old thrower, and the 2014 Asian Games gold medallist was the favorite on Friday. But Kamalpreet Kaur from Punjab turned the tables with her first and only legal throw.
Seema Punia finished second (62.64 m) and the bronze medal was grabbed by Delhi’s Sonal Goyal (51.11 m). Kamalpreet is currently appointed as a clerk in the Indian Railways.
“I planned to go all out in the very 1st throw itself. It worked for me. I haven’t slept for the last three nights because of the nervousness and excitement. It’s a wonderful feeling that I have broken the National record.” she said.
“Many congratulations to Kamalpreet Kaur who achieved qualification for Tokyo 2021 in women’s discus throw with a national record attempt of 65.06 m”. SAI tweeted.
Many congratulations to #KamalpreetKaur who achieved qualification for #Tokyo2020 in women's discus throw with a national record attempt of 65.06m. This is also above the Olympic qualification benchmark of 63.5m. #RoadToOlympics #JeetengeOlympics #DiscusThrow #FederationCup pic.twitter.com/8eobFshyPF
— SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) March 19, 2021
Road to Tokyo 2021. Kamalpreet Kaur breaks women’s discus throw national record with an effort of 65.06 m (Olympic Qualification standard 63.50 m); Previous NR: Krishna Poonia 64.76 m (2012),” tweeted the Athletics Federation of India (AFI).-- Advertisement --
Road to #Tokyo2020 Kamalpreet Kaur breaks Women's Discus Throw National Record with an effort of 65.06m (Olympic Qualification standard 63.50m);
Previous NR: Krishna Poonia 64.76m (2012) pic.twitter.com/Xsdq4u7nX3
— Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) March 19, 2021
“I was not a good student at studies. Once my coach took me to participate in a state-level athletics meet. I finished 4th there. Then everyone suggested me to take sports seriously as I have a good physique. I thought ‘let’s give it a try.” she said.
Positives Of Lockdown
Kamalpreet believes she broke the national record on Friday because of various innovative training methods she used in her training during the lockdown.
“I used my double bed at home as the weights for deadlifts. I used to fill the bed with clothes to increase the weight. The flower pots were my dumbbells. I did everything I could to keep myself in the best shape. I use to run in the fields for hours,” she said.
Kamalpreet Kaur’s coach Baljeet Singh believes that she has the ability to cross the 68 m mark. She just needs to overcome some flaws in her technique. Baljeet’s biggest point of concern is Kamalpreet’s foul throws. Only one out of her 4 attempts was legal in the Federation cup.
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