Kamalpreet Kaur is an Indian woman track and field athlete. She hails from Badal village of Sri Muktsar Sahib in Punjab. She specializes in Discuss Throw and represents India internationally in that discipline.
Kamalpreet Kaur - Early Life, Family & Background
Kamalpreet Kaur comes from humble family background. While she was in school, Kamalpreet wasn’t good at academics as she wasn’t interested in her studies.
In 2012, Kamalpreet tried her hands-on athletics at the behest of her school Physical Education trainer because of her physique. That year, she participated in the state meet and finished 4th in discus throw. Kamalpreet Kaur only began to pursue the sport seriously in 2014 and joined the Sports Authority of India Centre in her village, where she received her first professional training.
Kamalpreet Kaur has been employed with Indian Railways as a clerk and also represents them at national level. She looks upto Asian Games Gold-Medalist Seema Punia as her inspiration.
Kamalpreet Kaur Biography
After joining the SAI centre in Badal village, Kamalpreet Kaur’s athletics career began taking shape. She participated and won medals in state competitions before advancing to junior nationals.
In 2016, she received her first career breakthrough after becoming the U-18 and U-20 National Champion at the National Junior Athletics Championships. In 2017, Kamalpreet made her international debut at the World University Games, where she finished 5th with a throw of 55.07 meters at Taipei in Taiwan.
In 2019, Kamalpreet notched up the Gold medal in discus throw at the Federation Cup Senior Athletics Championships with a throw.
In 2020, she created history by not only shattering the national record in women's discus throw but also becoming the first Indian woman to breach the 65m mark by throwing 65.06 meters. This achievement booked her Olympics berth at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
Kamalpreet Kaur Achievements
Kamalpreet Kaur made her international athletics competition debut at the 2017 Asian Athletics Championships and finished 5th at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha.
In 2019, at the Asian Athletics Championships, she finished at 5th position behind her compatriot Navjeet Dhillon with a throw of 55.59 meters in Doha, Qatar.
In March 2021, Kamalpreet Kaur hit the national headlines after she qualified for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics in Discus Throw by achieving the women’s qualification mark of 63.50 meters with a throw of 65.06 meters at the 24th Federation Cup Senior Athletics Championships in Patiala, Punjab.