Rio Olympics: Manpreet Kaur misses out on shot put final spot


India’s Manpreet Kaur failed to qualify for the final of the women’s shot put after a rather disappointing outing in the qualifying round. With a best throw of only 17.06m, Manpreet finished 23rd overall among the women in both groups combined. 

The qualifying mark for the 18 shot putters in Group B was to achieve a throw of 18.40 metres or at least the 12 best performers advanced to the final round. But, the Patiala-born athlete could only manage 16.68m in her first attempt, 17.06m in her second attempt and 16.76m in her third.

Manpreet had 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. In the process, she became only the second woman from Punjab to qualify for the Olympics after Khushbir Kaur – who'll also represent India in the Women's 20 km walk event in Rio.

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.

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