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Updated: February 1, 2011 19:56 IST

Poonia hopes to be back in action

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India's gold medal winner Krishna Poonia in the women's discus throw event of the Commonwealth Games 2010. File Photo.
PTI India's gold medal winner Krishna Poonia in the women's discus throw event of the Commonwealth Games 2010. File Photo.

Ace woman thrower Krishna Poonia is recovering from her left-knee injury and hopes to be back in action in the middle of the year.

Poonia said she did not want to make a hurried comeback and repent later. “My injury is healed now and I am in the process of regaining strength in my left knee (which takes the maximum impact during the throws). Once I feel that both my knees are equally strengthened, which I hope will happen in 20 days time, I will start training for the throws,” said the Commonwealth Games gold medallist on the sidelines of ‘Yuva Meet' here on Monday.

Poonia, who also bagged a bronze medal in the Guangzhou Asian Games, wanted to take it step by step as far as her dream of making a mark in the 2012 London Olympics was concerned. “If things go as per planning, I should be back in competitions in July this year. That gives me around a year's time to qualify for the Olympics,” she said.

Poonia said she had to focus on her fitness in order to get back in top shape.

The 29-year-old, busy attending scores of felicitation functions, was delighted to get attention and recognition for her medal-winning performances. She was also thrilled to spend quality time with her family.

“It was difficult for me and my husband (who is also her coach) to stay away from our son for years. It is very relaxing now (to be with him),” she said, while hoping that the break would help her return to the throwing ring with a fresh mind.

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