Krishna Poonia created history on Friday by becoming the first Indian discus thrower to enter the finals of any edition of the Olympics when she made the cut at the London Games. Following her 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medal, there were high hopes from Poonia, 35. The cut-off score was 63m, and Poonia threw 63.54 to finish fifth and qualify for the final. Now, the top 12 throwers will fight for the podium finish in the final on Saturday.
Junior world championship medal winner Seema Antil is also participating in the event, though she was still in the qualifying leg at the time of filing of this report.
Before this, only six Indians, and the women’s 400m relay team, had reached the finals in track and field events since 1948. Triple jumper Henry Rebello (1948), quarter-miler Milkha Singh (1960), 110m hurdler GS Randhawa (1964), 800m runner Sriram Singh (1976), hurdler PT Usha (1984) and long jumper Anju Bobby George have made it to the finals but a medal has eluded them.
Krishna’s best this year is 64.76m. In the Friday qualifying round, the best throw was by Yarelys Barrios of Cuba, at 65.94.