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Krishna Poonia gets India first athletics gold in 52 years

Krishna Pooniya, Harwant Kaur and Seema Antil clinch the gold, silver and bronze in the women's discus throw event at the Commonwealth Games. Poonia's gold, was the first gold in athletics after 'Flying Sikh' Milkha Singh's 440 yard race gold in the 1958 edition of the Games.

india Updated: Oct 12, 2010 01:32 IST

It was a historic day for Indian athletics Monday as Krishna Pooniya, Harwant Kaur and Seema Antil clinched the gold, silver and bronze in the women's discus throw event at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.

Krishna won the gold with a throw of 61.51 metres while Harwant got the silver with 60.16m. The bronze went to Seema with a throw of 58.46m.

India swept the event with Harwant Kaur and national record holder Seema Antil also winning the silver and bronze respectively.

Poonia's gold, which she won by throwing the discus to 61.51m, was the first gold after 'Flying Sikh' Milkha Singh's 440 yard race gold in the 1958 edition of the Games in Cardiff, Wales.

Harwant came up with an effort of 60.61m, a tad below her season's best of 60.66m, while national record holder Seema Antil threw the discus to a distance of 58.46m.

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