Krishna Poonia bounces back to finish third

Women’s discus thrower Krishna Poonia bounced back to a reassuring 58.32m while finishing third in the CVOTC meet at Chula Vista, USA, on Monday. Poonia, who is chasing the Rio Olympics entry standard of 61m, had gone down to 54.88m in her previous event.

Krishna Poonia inched closer to the Rio mark of 61m.   -  S. Subramanium

After her form dipped to a worrying level a couple of days ago at Portland, women’s discus thrower Krishna Poonia bounced back to a reassuring 58.32m while finishing third in the CVOTC meet at Chula Vista, USA, on Monday.

Poonia, who was sixth at the 2012 London Olympics, is chasing the Rio Olympics entry standard of 61m. She had gone down to 54.88m in her previous event.

Meanwhile the Indian women’s 4x400m relay team, comprising Debasree Majumdar, Ashwini Akkunji, M.R. Poovamma and Anilda Thomas clocked 3:31.52s at the Polish National Championship at Bydgoszcz on Saturday night. The Indian quartet has clocked faster times earlier and is currently well placed in the 13th spot in the Rio Olympics ranking list. The top 16 will qualify for Rio.

The men’s mile relay team of Kunhumohammed, Muhammed Anas, A. Dharun and Arokia Rajiv were timed at 3:04.84s. However, since the team ran alone, the time will not go into the Rio Olympic list.