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Krishna Poonia

Sports | 8-14 yrs | Learning Pod, Interactive

Krishna Poonia Profile and Biography

Krishna Poonia (1982 – ) is an Indian athlete who competes in the womens discuss throw event. In 2010 at the Delhi Commonwealth Games, she took the gold medal by throwing 61.5 metres becoming the first woman to win gold in any women’s track and field events at a CW games.

The medal-winning athlete was born in Agroha, Haryana and now lives in Jaipur. Poonia is an employee of the Indian railways as is her husband Virender Singh Poonia, who is also a former athlete. She studied sociology at the Kanodia Girls College in Jaipur and began her sporting career under the guidance of her husband at the Doha Asian Games in 2006.

In 2010, after clinching gold at the CW games, Krishna was awarded the Arjuna Award, given to athletes for excellence in a national sport. The following year she was awarded the Padma Shri. Her dedication to the sport took her away from her young son and Krishna hopes to bring home gold from the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games to make every second of being away from her child count.

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