BLOG BY : RIYA RATHORE
Manpreet kaur trained by her husband Karamjeet Singh, an university level shotputter. The 25-year old Kaur hails from Sahauli village in Patiala, and is currently working for Diesel Locomotive Modernization. The last event she participated in was the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in 2010. Manpreet then took a break of three years following her marriage and birth of her daughter. She became the second woman from Punjab to qualify for the Olympics after Khushbir Kaur, who will herself be representing India in the Women’s 20 km walk event. Kaur had a previous best of 16.39 at last year’s Delhi National Open. A lot of hopes are riding on this talented athlete, and she can be easily considered as India’s dark horse in the Olympics. Manpreet Kaur is representing India in Women’s Shot-put. The shot put is a track and field event involving “throwing”/”putting” a heavy spherical object the shot as far as possible Manpreet Kaur qualified for the marque event with a throw of 17.96 m at the National Open Athletics Championships at the Sports Authority of India, East Centre in Kolkata. She shattered an 18-year-old national record en route to a sixth title at the 55th National Open Athletics Championship. The IAAF entry standard for 2016 Rio Olympics in women’s shot put is 17.80m, while the top three in London 2012 threw 20m plus. hot putter Manpreet Kaur’s outstanding performance in the first leg of the Asian Grand Prix in Jinhua, China, helped her take No 1 spot in the world rankings. The national champion in fact set the right rhythm for the Indian camp, which overall won seven medals including four silver and two bronze. At the Asian Grand Prix-I, Manpreet broke the national record and also won the gold medal with a throw of 18.86, the best of the year so far. This is has given a new life to the Indian athletics scenario after the Olympics.
Manpreet wasn’t the only highlight of the past week from Indian athletics. Neeraj Chopra qualified for the World Championships in javelin throw after 83.32-metre effort at the second leg of the Asian Grand Prix. The 20-year-old, who became the first Indian to become a world champion last year, will now compete at the senior level at the World Championships in London later this year. A host of other results made India proud in China. Dutee Chand grabbed a silver medal for India in the women’s 100m event with the timing of 11.57 seconds while, Tintu Luka, on a day after her birthday, also bagged a silver medal in the women’s 800m with the timing of 2:06.32.
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