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Updated: August 6, 2012 00:30 IST

I have no excuses, says Krishna Poonia

Kamesh Srinivasan
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Dejected looking Krishna Poonia while competing in the final of Women's Discus Throw at the London Olympic Games on Saturday.
PTI Dejected looking Krishna Poonia while competing in the final of Women's Discus Throw at the London Olympic Games on Saturday.

Krishna Poonia finished seventh with a fifth round effort of 63.62m in women’s discus on Saturday. This was her best performance in a global meet in a career spanning 12 years.

“I have no excuses. Everything was all right. Even the weather was brilliant,” said the 35-year-old Indian, gold medallist in the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

She was, however, quite disappointed. “It feels bad [to finish seventh] after millions of your countrymen have been hoping and praying for you. Having worked so hard, it is bad that you can’t deliver your best,” Poonia said.

Though it was a distant possibility, Poonia had been hoping for a medal.

Sandra Perkovic won Croatia’s first-ever athletics gold, throwing 69.11m, a National record, in the third round. Season leader Darya Pishchalnikova of Russia claimed the silver with 67.56m, while World champion Li Yanfeng of China (67.22m) was third.

Twenty-two-year-old Perkovic broke into tears as she finished the competition. As the most consistent thrower in the season, with seven throws over 66 metres, she was always the favourite. She had set her earlier National record of 68.24 while winning the Diamond League title in Shanghai last May.

“I almost died twice when my appendix broke and I lost 25 kilos. But, after four months I came back and started winning championships. Now I am an Olympic champion. I am so happy,” said Perkovic.

Defending champion Stephanie Brown-Trafton of the US finished eighthwith 63.01m while former world champion Dani Samuels of Australia came12th and last in the final with 60.40m.

Before the Games began, Poonia and husband-coach Virendar Poonia felt that she would touch 65m, sufficient for a medal, based on the results of the last Olympics where the gold went for 64.74m and the last World championships where the bronze winner threw 65.73m.

But, it was always an uphill task since eight women were ahead of Poonia in the season lists despite her having a best of 64.76 in Hawaii last May.

“I tried to give my best, but could not achieve that. Instead of focusing on my throws, my mind perhaps wandered about what the others were doing,” said Poonia.

It was, however, her best in a major championship, bettering the 61.94m for the bronze in the last Asian Games.

“The technique was all right but the speed of release was not right,” she said. “I will continue to work hard. I will continue to compete. Things do not come to an end on one missed chance, I will get more chances.”

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Highly commendable effort. Most importantly this is her *best*
performance in an international event. Unlike many of our other athletes
you can truly say you gave it your best shot. I hope the government will
recognize this effort too, and not just the medallists.
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from:  seeget
Posted on: Aug 6, 2012 at 18:55 IST

We are all proud of you Krishnaji. It was tough finals and you made all of us very proud. I was following your progress through to the finals and hoping for a medal but nevertheless fight continues.

from:  Pravin
Posted on: Aug 6, 2012 at 14:34 IST

I saw this matchup yesterday.You gave your heart out Krishna.I respect your fighting spirit and humble attitude.It's an achievement in itself to beat some of the best to qualify to the finals.We are proud of you.

from:  Rahul
Posted on: Aug 6, 2012 at 10:33 IST

You and other players have made india proud.U ppl hav given all u hav got which is most required in any event rather than a hockey team losin all the matches...

from:  Ganesh
Posted on: Aug 6, 2012 at 10:27 IST

Krishna Ji,You had fought till the finals, that is all. And giving "no excuses" is a true sportsman spirit.
India is proud of you.

from:  Jitender Shekhawat
Posted on: Aug 6, 2012 at 10:27 IST

Krishna poonia i think your the first one who doesn't blame the whether or the fecilities to cover your defeat.So try hard and keep practising don't give up your hope.India will proud having such a indian like you.All the best for your future.

from:  ajay
Posted on: Aug 6, 2012 at 10:09 IST

Well Done Krishna,.. No worries..

from:  haresh
Posted on: Aug 6, 2012 at 10:00 IST

taking up a sport and representing india is itself a big achievement.. way to go.. best wishes.. we indians are proud of all you guys representing india.. dont let ur spirit.. cheers :)

from:  niveditha
Posted on: Aug 6, 2012 at 09:36 IST

We indinas are still proud of you and will wait for your Best Win next time. 7th in world's best tournament is not very bad.
You entered into finals & kept our hope alive. Instead of getting disappointed by the archers, shooters & tenis players (so called famous)who kept on blaming others, you & Saina made us indians really proud.
Our best wishes are still with you.

from:  pankaj
Posted on: Aug 6, 2012 at 07:23 IST

You gave ur best shot, well done. keep up the good work

from:  kishore
Posted on: Aug 6, 2012 at 07:10 IST

Krishna,You did your best, India is proud of you. Unlike some others in the Indian squad you aren't making any excuses. Being 7th among the world's best is no shame. Keep up the great work.

from:  Michael
Posted on: Aug 6, 2012 at 04:28 IST

She said the correct suggestion. What the Government of India or the State Governments are doing? Are they really wanted to promote sports? In the name of sports they take entire wealth of the country put it in the foreign swizz like banks or purchase some Estates or Garden. For that only she has given her advice and promise to them. Keep it up India. Do not be ashamed of your neighbour China because they are your enemy.

from:  BS Raman Pillai
Posted on: Aug 5, 2012 at 20:57 IST
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