Shot putter Manpreet Kaur breaks National record to secure Rio Olympics berth

Kolkata, Sept. 16 (ANI): Railways shot putter Manpreet Kaur became the latest Indian athlete to secure a berth for next year’s Rio Olympics when she set a new national record in the women’s shot put event at the 55th National Open Athletics Championships here on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old registered a throw of 17.96m in her second attempt to eclipse the previous record of 17.43m, which was set by Harbans Kaur in 1997.

The Punjab athlete also bettered her previous effort of 16.39m, which helped her bag the gold medal at last year’s Delhi National Open. (ANI)

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