Tokyo Olympics: Kamalpreet Kaur qualifies for women's discus final with 2nd best throw

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Updated: Jul 31, 2021, 10:44 AM(IST)

Kamalpreet Kaur Photograph:( AFP )

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Kamalpreet Kaur also went ahead of defending gold-medallist Sandra Perkovic (63.75m) of Croatia and reigning world champion Yaime Perez (63.18) of Cuba.

Indian discus thrower Kamalpreet Kaur has made it into the finals in the Tokyo Olympics 2020 on Saturday after producing one of the best performances in the qualifying round.

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The 25-year-old sent the discus to a distance of 64m in her third and final attempt to be one of the only two automatic qualifiers for the final round. The American athlete, Valarie Allman, was the only one above Kaur and threw at a distance of 66.42m. 

Kamalpreet Kaur also went ahead of defending gold-medallist Sandra Perkovic (63.75m) of Croatia and reigning world champion Yaime Perez (63.18) of Cuba.

However, veteran Seema Punia crashed out of the qualification round after finishing sixth with a below-par best throw of 60.57m. 

Kamalpreet Kaur kicked off with a 60.29m effort and then improved it to 63.97m before her third throw of 64m.

Punia, on the other hand, fouled her first throw and had 60.57m and 58.93m in her next two attempts to make an exit from what would be her last Olympics.

Punia has won a medal each in all four CWGs since 2006 -- three silver and one bronze in all. She also won a gold and a bronze in the 2014 and 2018 Asian Games respectively. 

(With inputs of Agency)

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