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I'll do better in next Olympics: Poonia

Krishna Poonia

LONDON: Ace discus thrower Krishna Poonia is satisfied with her seventh place finish at the London Games and said she will now aim to do better in the next Olympics in Brazil.

Poonia hurled the discus to a distance of 63.62m, which is more than a metre below her personal as well season’s best of 64.76m, but she said she was not disappointed with her performance.

“It was a disaster in Beijing in 2008 and so I am satisfied with my seventh-place finish in London. It was a tough field and I had beaten the likes of 2008 Games champion (Stephanie Brown Trafton of United States) and former world champion Dani Samuels (of Australia),” Poonia said.

Poonia had failed to qualify for the final round in Beijing four years ago by finishing 10th in one group in the qualification round.

“Every athlete wants to win an Olympic medal and I will continue to strive for it. Now I will take a break and then start training. My aim now is to do well in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil,” said the 30-year-old Poonia.

The 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist said that failing to get a medal in the London Olympics would only spur her to do well in the upcoming events.

“It happens in big events. You do well in some big events and fail in others. It happens. See Darya Pishchalnikova (of Russia), she was 11th in the World Championships last year and now she has won a silver in London. So I consider the seventh-place finish as an achievement which will give me confidence,” said Poonia.


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