Manpreet Kaur, 25, is trained by her husband Karamjeet Singh, an university level shotputter. The 25-year old Kaur hails from Sahauli village in Patiala, and is currently working for Diesel Locomotive Modernization. The last event she participated in was the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in 2010. Manpreet then took a break of three years following her marriage and birth of her daughter. She became the second woman from Punjab to qualify for the Olympics after Khushbir Kaur, who will herself be representing India in the Women’s 20 km walk event. Kaur had a previous best of 16.39 at last year’s Delhi National Open. A lot of hopes are riding on this talented athlete, and she can be easily considered as India’s dark horse in the Olympics.
Event: Manpreet Kaur is representing India in Women’s Shot-put
The shot put is a track and field event involving “throwing”/”putting” a heavy spherical object the shot as far as possible.
Schedule: Shot-put qualifying round will take place on 12th August
Qualification: Manpreet Kaur qualified for the marque event with a throw of 17.96 m at the National Open Athletics Championships at the Sports Authority of India, East Centre in Kolkata. She shattered an 18-year-old national record en route to a sixth title at the 55th National Open Athletics Championship. The IAAF entry standard for 2016 Rio Olympics in women’s shot put is 17.80m, while the top three in London 2012 threw 20m plus.
Career Highlights: Manpreet Kaur had the previous best of 16.39 at last year’s Delhi National Open.