Commonwealth Games 2010 gold medallist and Olympian, Discuss thrower Krishna Poonia, has entered the club of top sportspersons who have emerged victorious on the political field too, by winning a seat for the Congress in Rajasthan. Poonia has won the assembly election from Sadulpur by a margin of around 18,000 votes.
The 36-year-old athlete defeated BJP stalwart Ram Singh Kaswan, a four-time MP from Churu, who finished third. This was Poonia’s second election. In 2013, she battled on a Congress ticket and finished 3rd, polling 30,000 votes only. This time, she got 70,020 votes, while her nearest rival Manoj Nyangali of BSP polled 51,936. Kaswan could get around 50,000 votes.
Krishna Poonia is a native of Hisar district in Haryana and married to a man hailing from the adjoining Churu district in Rajasthan.
Poonia expressed thanks to Rohtak MP Deepender Hooda, who campaigned for her several times. She had been ably supported by her husband Virender Singh Poonia, a former national champion of hammer throw and her former coach. Poonia had been in news for continued work in the constituency, meeting people and addressing their issues, even after losing in 2013.
The 6ft tall athlete, Poonia hit the headlines in 2010 when she became the first Indian track and field athlete in 52 years to win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. She is also a recipient of the prestigious Arjun Award and Padma Shri.
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