Poonia targets podium finish in London
India's Commonwealth Games gold medallist Krishna Poonia has set herself a target of 65 metres in the discus throw to make a podium finish at the 2012 London Olympics. For that she has to outdo her life's best (63.69 metre) to be in the league with top contenders from Germany, Cuba and China.
“This time Olympic medals would come in the range of 63-66 metres. Germany, Cuba and China are the top competitors, but I have set 65 metres as my target. I am confident that if I manage 65 metres, I could end up on the podium and I am striving hard to get there,” Poonia told IANS from Portland (US), where she has been training for almost a year with her husband Virender.
Poonia’s best this season came earlier in the week when she created a new national record of 63.67 metre en route to her silver medal-winning performance at the Altius Track Crew Throwdown meet in Maui Island, Hawaii.
The Indian’s performance is 17th best of the season, way behind Germany’s Nadine Muller, favourite to win the gold in London. A silver medallist at last year’s World Championships, Nadine’s best this season is 68.89 metre. Besides Nadine, Cuba’s Yarelys Barrios (68.03 metre) has the second best distance while China’s Yanfeng Li (65.85 metre) and Jian Tan (64.90 metre) have also produced better marks than Poonia.