Krishna Poonia finished fourth in discus throw while distance runners Preeja Sreedharan and Kavita Raut brought up the rear in the women's 10,000 metres on a wet opening day of the Prefontaine Classic here on Friday.Torrential rains upset the programme on the first day of this two-day Samsung Diamond League meet, but there were a few world-leading performances including in the women's 10,000 metres where IndiansPreeja and Kavita were looking for the Olympic qualification standard.Poonia finished outside the podium for the first time this season. Competing for the first time since her National record-breaking effort of 64.76m in Hawaii on May 5 last, the 30-year-old Indian managed only 62.11m on her second throw. She had other throws of 59.69, 59.86, 60.89, 57.62 and 61.38.
It was the sixth best career throw for Poonia, the 2010 Commonwealth Games champion who is gearing up for the Olympics for which she has qualified.Sandra Perkovic of Croatia (66.92m), Darya Pishchalnikova of Russia (63.76m) and Zaneta Glanc of Poland (62.84m) took the first three places in a competition where a slippery circle and pouring rain upsetthe rhythm of the throwers.Among the top five this season, only Perkovic and Stephanie Brown Trafton (US) competed here. Brown-Trafton, Beijing Olympic champion, had a ‘no mark' against her name, fouling her first three attempts.Missing from the field were German Nadine Muller, who leads the season charts with 68.89m, Cuban Yarelis Barrios and reigning world champion Li Yanfeng of China.Double Olympic champion Tirunesh Dibaba won the women's 10,000 in a close finish with Kenyan Florence Kiplagat. Dibaba timed a world-leading 30:24.39 with Kiplagat close behind at 30:24.85.Belaynesh Oljira of Ethiopia was third in a personal best 30:26.70.As for the Indians, who were aiming for at least the Olympic ‘B' standard of 32:10.00 (‘A' standard 31:45.00), Kavita, with 33:03.54, and Preeja, with 33:09.24, were 13th and 14th, the last among thefinishers.Preeja and Kavita clocked their personal bests while winning the gold (31:50.47) and silver (31:51.44) respectively in the last Asian Games in Guangzhou in 2010.Both the Indians were competing for the first time this season. They had been training in Eldoret, Kenya, since December last, and had moved to Italy recently to continue training and to compete.