India’s Krishna Poonia became only the sixth Indian to make it to the final round of the track and field events at the Olympic Stadium here last night when she qualified for the women’s discus throw final round.
Poonia, hoping to finish on the podium here, began with a foul throw. However she quickly regained her composure and staged a fine
comeback throwing the one-kg disc across a good 63.54 metres. Those touching the qualification mark of 63m or the best 12 make it to the finals.
Poonia finished fifth in Group A behind 2008 Beijing Olympics silver medallist Yarelys Barrios (65.94m) of Cuba, Darya Pishchalnikova (65.02m) of Russia, reigning world champion Li Yanfeng (64.48m) of China and former world champion Dani Samuels (63.97m) of Australia.
Only five other Indians — Milkha Singh (400m, 1960), Gurbachan Singh Randhawa (110m hurdles, 1964), S Sriram (800m, 1976), PT Usha (400m, 1984) and Anju Bobby George (long jump, 2004) — have previously made it to the Olympics finals in track and field events.