Age: 32 Years
Hometown: Sahuli, Patiala
Husband: Karamjit Singh
Some lesser known facts about Manpreet Kaur
- Manpreet Kaur is an Indian shot putter whose gold medal-winning performance of 18.86m in shot put at the 2017 Asian Grand Prix in Jinhua, China, turned out to be a world-leading throw, taking her to the No.1 spot. in ranking. However, the performance was wiped from the record books after failing the dope test. In 2015, she set an Indian national record of 17.96 meters in women’s shot put at the National Open Athletics Championships (Kolkata).
- In an interview, she revealed that it was her father who encouraged her to pursue the sport after seeing her cousin brothers, who were both athletes. One of them was a 100m sprinter and the other a discus thrower. Meanwhile his sister-in-law was also about to shoot.
- Manpreet started his athletic journey as a 100m sprinter for which he trained for a year. Eventually, his cousin directed him to choose the shot put as he had a better chance of excelling in the game.
- When she was 13 years old, her father died, after which she had a struggling childhood. In 2006, her mother was paralyzed.
- In 2006, he started his career as a junior athlete.
- After completing 12th standard, he first got a job in Indian Railways and then did his graduation.
- He secured 9th rank at the 5th IAAF World Youth Championships in Ostrova in 2007.
- Manpreet Kaur and Karamjit Singh first met when they started training together in Patiala under Manpreet’s cousin Jagjit Singh.
- Their marriage in 2008 was followed by their disappointing performance at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, she took a sabbatical and decided to raise a family. She got pregnant in 2010.
- In 2013, she started training under her husband. Thereafter, he participated in the 2013 National Games (Jharkhand).
- At the 2015 National Open Athletics Championships in Kolkata, he achieved his personal best of 17.96m shot put, qualifying for the Olympic Games Rio 2016. He surpassed the long-time national record of 17.46 meters set by Harbans Kaur in 1997. However, her throw at the Rio Games was 17.06m and she finished 13th overall. Only the top 12 advanced to the finals.
- She returned after a three-year hiatus due to the birth of her daughter with a gold medal-winning performance of 18.86m at the 2017 Asian Grand Prix, in which she pushed Olympic champion Michelle Carter of the USA to second place. Whose best throw in that season was 18.54 metres.
- In 2017, she won India’s first gold medal at the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships with a throw of 18.28m.
- Despite her stellar performances and victories, she did not have a sponsor for the 2017 Asian Athletics Championships. In an interview after the championship, her husband-cum-coach revealed during an interview that he finances her training costs.
- In an interview, he shared the emotional turmoil he endured after the ban, saying,
There were thoughts about what I should do, whether to quit or continue. I trained but when you are playing competitions, you have to achieve goals. There was no target for me during that four-year period (of the ban).”
- With her husband-cum-coach Karamjit Singh based at NIS Patiala, she used to train at the Railway Stadium in Patiala during her ban. To break the monotony of her long ban, she used to do mock trials whenever the actual competitions came. Talking about the same, he said in an interview,
When there was a national competition or some events, we used to set goals and do a kind of mock competition or test to make them perform better than the participants in the real competition. ,
- After serving a four-year doping ban, Manpreet Kaur broke her own shot put national record at the National Inter State Senior Athletics Championships 2022, and qualified for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games with a time of 18.06m on the second day of the championship. The qualifying mark for the Commonwealth Games was 17.76 metres.