1), Joined the Indian National Congress (INC) in 2013 2), Contested for the Sadulpur Assembly Seat in 2013 from Rajasthan but lost 3), Contested again in 2018 for the Sadulpur Assembly Seat and won 4), Congress announced her as the party’s candidate to fight the 2019 General Elections from the Jaipur Rural seat of Rajasthan against sitting MP Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore
In Centimeters- 182 cm in Meters- 1.82 m In Feet inches- 5’ 11”
In Kilograms- 80 kg In Pounds- 176 lbs
Virendra Singh Poonia
Records (as of 2018)
Holds the National Record for the Longest Discus throw of 64.76 meters
Awards, Honours, Achievements
1), 2006: Bronze Medal in the Doha Asian Games and Gold Medal in the 46th Open National Athletics Championship 2), Gold Medal in the 2010 Commonwealth Games 3), Bronze Medal in the Guangzhou Asian Games in 2010 4), Awarded the Arjuna Award in 2010 5), Maharana Pratap Award from the Government of Rajasthan 6), Bhim Award from the Government of Haryana 7), Awarded the Padma Shri Civilian honor in 2011
Krishna Poonia is an International Gold Medalist and the First Indian Woman Athlete to win a Gold Medal in the Commonwealth Games. She represented India in the Olympics 3 times. She is the only athlete in India after Milkha Singh to win a gold medal in an international track and field event.
Due to a lack of facilities in her school and village, she got introduced to sports after she joined college. She picked up her first discus in college and started winning collegiate and state-level competitions as a discus thrower. This got her selected for a National camp in Patiala.
Interestingly Virender Poonia, former National Level Hammer thrower, was attending the same camp as Krishna but didn’t know her. Later that year their families arranged their marriage and they got married in the year 2000.
She won the Gold Medal in the 2010 Commonwealth Games Delhi and became the first Indian woman and the only athlete after Milkha Singh to win a Gold Medal in a track and field event. She considers this the highest point in her sporting career.
On 11 October 2010, she was honored with the Arjuna Award, just a few days after she won the Gold Medal in the Commonwealth Games, New Delhi.
In 2011, she received the Padma Shri Award for her extraordinary contributions to sports.
For the 2019 general elections, Congress announced that Krishna will be contesting from the Jaipur Rural Constituency of Rajasthan, against Cabinet Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore; who is the sitting MP from Jaipur Rural.