Poonia nails discus gold in Portland

Poonia nails discus gold in Portland

Poonia came up with her season’s best throw of 59.39 metres but her effort fell short of 2012 London Olympics qualification ‘B’ standard of 59.50M.

She began with 59.39 but fouled her next two efforts. She could not improve upon her first attempt mark as she came up with 59.29, 59.37 and 59.22 in her last three efforts.

Poonia expressed confidence that she would qualify for the Olympics in her next two meets coming up in the United States.

“I am happy to win gold medal and have full confidence to throw 61 to 62 metres in coming events. I was feeling little bit nervous today because of the knee problem I had a couple of months back,” she said.

Poonia has been training at the Throws Centre at Concordia University at Oregon, Portland since July under the guidance of former Olympic champion Mac Wilkins.

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