So far, the performance of Indian women athletes in the Tokyo Olympics has been strong. Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu has won the country’s first medal by winning a silver medal. Boxer Lovely’s Borgohain has also won medals for the country since then. Now another female athlete has raised the medal hopes for the country. Discus thrower Kamalpreet Kaur has played in the Olympics for the first time and entered the finals with a scintillating performance. The final will take place on August 2. He has qualified for the final with a distance of 64 metres. Kamalpreet’s father Kuldeep said, “Kamal told me about the time yesterday.” I was waiting but the broadcasters were showing something else. I couldn’t wait any longer because I was working on the farm. I started getting calls while I was working in the field and then I came to know that Kamal has qualified for the finals. Although very little is known about Kamalpreet Kaur. Let’s know about some special stories of Kamalpreet …
Journey started from school, PT teacher recognized talent
Kamalpreet Kaur’s journey as an athlete started with a slick. Her physical education teacher recognized her talent and took her to a state level competition when she was in class 10th. She finished fourth in the competition and did not win a medal. However, that competition was enough to prove how much talent he has. His hard work and commitment later made him a world class athlete in discus throw.
Father sold land for daughter’s education
Kamalpreet’s father Kuldeep is a farmer of Sri Muktsar Sahib district of Punjab. He sold the field for the education of his daughter. When Kamalpreet told him that he wanted to pursue a career in discus throw, he first checked with the Sports Authority of India whether he would keep his daughter. He trained Kamalpreet in a private training center, where a fee of Rs 1 lakh was charged. So he sold his land. He said other children had come wearing branded clothes and shoes specially designed for the sport, but they could not spend that much money for their daughter. Kamalpreet was going for training wearing plain canvas shoes.
First Indian discus thrower to cross 65m mark
In March, Kamalpreet Kaur became the first Indian discus thrower to cross the 65m mark. He recorded this feat in the Federation Cup. He broke the Indian record by throwing 65.06m. He broke his own record in June. He set a new record by throwing 66.59 meters in the Indian Grand Prix-4.
Once Kamalpreet wanted to play cricket instead of discus throw.
In an interview, Kamalpreet had said that at one point he left the training of discus throw and started practicing cricket. She also said that she did not know that India also had a women’s cricket team and played its tournaments as well. Unaware of this, Kamalpreet decided to pursue a career in athletics. Later he turned his attention to becoming a discus thrower.