Tokyo, August 2
Discus thrower Kamalpreet Kaur finished a creditable sixth in her first Olympics with a best throw of 63.70m in a rain-interrupted final here on Monday.
The 25-year-old Kaur, who has qualified for the final as second best on Saturday, was never in the running for a medal in the eight rounds of competition which was interrupted by rain for more than an hour.
She had a third round throw of 63.70m to end at sixth and equal 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Krishna Poonia’s performance in the 2012 London Olympics.
Throughout the competition, Kaur, who was without her personal coach, looked nervous and short of confidence as she lacked international exposure.
Super effort Kamalpreet Kaur! Even though you have not won a medal, we are sure you will come out stronger and more resilient from your experience in the Olympics. Wish you all the best for a very successful future. You are our champion athlete…keep it up! 🇮🇳— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) August 2, 2021
She has taken part in World University Games in 2017, her lone international competition.
A farmer’s daughter at Punjab’s Kabarwala village, Kaur had raised hopes of India’s elusive athletics medal after finishing second in the qualification round on Saturday with a best throw of 64m.
American Valarie Allman took the gold with a first round throw of 68.98m while Kristin Pudenz (66.86m) of Germany and reigning world champion Yaime Perez (65.72m) of Cuba won the silver and bronze respectively.
Two-time defending champion Sandra Perkovic of Croatia was fourth with a best throw of 65.01m.
Kamalpreet’s father Kuldeep Singh said it was her first participation in Olympics.
“She will continue practice in future. She performed well, played till last round. She was nervous, could not sleep whole night. Due to rain there, she could not give her best today. My daughter will work hard now. I am thankful to God for taking her to this level,” he said.
"She should keep patience and prepare for future major events," added her father.
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