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Olympics LIVE: Sahana Kumari fails to qualify in the high jump event

Dailybhaskar.com   |  Aug 09, 2012, 15:12PM IST

London: The lone Indian woman wrestler, Geeta Phogat, loses her first bout 2-4 against  Tonya of Canada in the 55kg freestyle wrestling event. Geeta has a chance of winning a bronze medal if Tonya reaches semi-finals.

Geeta Phogat won India's first ever gold medal in women's wrestling in the 55kg freestyle category at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. She hails from a Jat family of Bhiwani in Haryana. She had earlier won gold in the 2009 Commonwealth Wrestling Championship. Her father Mahavir Singh, a former wrestler himself, is also her coach.  She is now training under O.P. Yadav at Patiala.

Haryana wrestler Geeta Phogat made history when she became the first-ever Indian woman wrestler to have qualified for the Olympics. She  won a gold medal in the Wrestling FILA Asian Olympic Qualification Tournament that concluded at Almaty, Kazakhstan in April this year.Phogat, who plays in 55-kg weight category, feels that Olympics is just the beginning for her.

She also holds the record of being the first Indian woman wrestler to win a gold medal in the Commonwealth Games.She has undergone rigorous training at Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports, (NSNIS), Patiala, under the guidance of chief coach O.P. Yadav and foreign expert Ryan Dobo. She has numerous other international medals to her credit, including three consecutive medals in the Asian Cadet Championships in 2003, 2004 and 2005.
Earlier in the day, competing in the women high jump qualification round, Sahana Kumari failed to qualify for the high jump finals.

The Indian athlete could manage to breach 1.80 mark. 

Sahana Kumari is an Indian athlete who competes in the high jump event. She is the current national record holder at 1.92 m.

She broke eight year old national record of 1.91 m set by Keralite Bobby Aloysius.Sahana wanted her Ukrainian coach Nikhil Evgeny to accompany her to the Games. But the National Olympic Committee of India, Indian Olympic Association, sanctioned only quota of five athletic coaches at the maximum.

Sahana was unable to reimburse the travelling expenses of her coach. A non-governmental organization Ek Aur Prayaas helped Sahana to accumulate funds to take her coach to London

“My coach will offer valuable feedback about my competitors and help me train. I need him to accompany me. But I am a central government employee, with a salary of Rs 25,000. I can’t afford the burden of five lakh.” She said.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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