Tribune News Service
Patiala, March 19
Punjab’s discus thrower Kamalpreet Kaur, an employee of Diesel Loco Modernization Works (DMW) Patiala, booked her ticket for the Tokyo Olympics on the final day of the 24th National Federation Cup, here at National Institute of Sports (NIS), on Friday.
Making a comeback after almost two years, Kaur, with an impressive throw of 65.06m in her first attempt itself, smashed the nine-year-old national record of Krishna Poonia.
Notably, Kaur is the first discus thrower to breach the 65m in the history of Indian women’s discus throw.
Veteran Seema Punia finished second with a throw of 62.64m while Sonal Goyal took bronze medal with a best effort of 52.11m
Kaur said that she, however, was a bit nervous otherwise her performance would have been much better.
Talking to The Tribune, Kamalpreet said, “I couldn’t sleep for almost three days because the competition was very important for me. I tried meditation and watched videos to get a good sleep but nothing helped. ”
Kaur added, “I had never expected that I will be able to throw above 65m. In practice also, I was spearing the discuss around 62 meter only. The competition-feel might have helped me to do what I did. ”
Talking about her future plans, Kaur said that she would continue her training at DMW ground in Patiala under the guidance of my coach Baljeet Singh.
“My focus, presently, is to bring a medal from Tokyo Olympics. I will continue training in Patiala at Railways camp at DMW, ”she said.