Award Name : Arjuna Award
Year of Award : 2010
Award for : Sports and Games
Location : Agroha, Haryana, India
Krishna Poonia is an Indian discus thrower. She led an Indian clean sweep in the women's discus final on 11 October 2010, winning the Delhi Commonwealth Games gold medal with a throw of 61.51 metres. The Government of India awarded her the civilian honour of Padma Shri in 2011. She was born on May 5, 1982 in Agroha, Hisar district of Haryana. She got her graduation in Sociology from Kanodia Girls College in Jaipur. She took part in Doha Asian Games and won bronze medal. She won gold medal in 46th Open National athletics. She also participated at the 2008 Beijing Olympics but could get only 10th place in the qualifying round with 58.23 meters. Her best score was 64.76 meters on 8th May 2012 at Hawai, USA and this was a new national record. She became the first Indian sportswoman to win the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games 2010 in the discus throw event held at New Delhi. She was presented with the cash award by the Government of Rajasthan. She received Maharana Pratap award from Government of Rajasthan, Bhim award from Government of Haryana, Arjuna Award in 2010 and Padma Shri award in 2011 from the Government of India in recognition of her talents.