|Profession(s)||Athlete (Shot Putter), Railways employee|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 160 cm
in meters- 1.60 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 3”
|Weight (approx.)||in kilograms- 89 kg
in pounds- 196 lbs
• 2015 National Open Athletics Championships (Kolkata) with a performance of 17.96m (National record)
• 2017 Asian Grand Prix Athletics Meet (Jinhua) with a performance of 18.86m (not recorded)
• 2017 Asian Athletics Championships with a performance of 18.28m (not recorded)
• 2017 Federation Cup (Patiala) (not recorded)
• 2017 National Inter State Senior Athletics Championships (Guntur) (not recorded)
• 2022 National Inter State Senior Athletics Championship, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Chennai) with a performance of 18.06m (National record)
|Date of Birth||6 July 1990 (Friday)|
|Age (as of 2022)||32 Years|
|Hometown||Sahauli, Nabha Tehsil, Patiala District|
|Educational Qualifications||She is a graduate. The Times of India|
|Religion||Sikhism The Kalgidhar Trust- Facebook|
|Food Habit||Non-vegetarian The Times of India|
|Controversy||Four-year Suspension Over Doping Violation in 2017
In July 2017, she was handed a four-year ban after testing positive for dope test four times, first at the Asian Grand Prix meet in Jinhua, China (24 April), followed by the Federation Cup in Patiala (1 June), Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneswar (6 July), and the National Inter-State Championships in Guntur (16 July). She tested positive for the steroid Metenolone in Jinhua. In the other three meets in India, she tested positive for the stimulant dimethylbutylamine. She stood first in all these meets. As a consequence, she had to forfeit her gold medals and national records. Manpreet’s lawyers argued that while training at the Railway facility, Patiala in April, a kabaddi player from the Railways named Pradeep brought along an outsider named Gopal (also a kabaddi player) into the facility. Manpreet alleged that she had an argument with Gopal one day, following which he deliberately sabotaged Manpreet’s drink. Her lawyers also argued that Manpreet was registered in the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) of the International Association of Athletics Federation, where she was regularly tested and had an unblemished record. However, NADA argued that Manpreet had failed to establish how the prohibited substance entered her system, observing that the athlete’s allegation of a ‘sabotage’ of her drink amounted to a “weak state of evidence.” FirstPost
|Relationships & More|
|Marriage Date||Year, 2008|
|Husband/Spouse||Karamjit Singh (a TT at Patiala station)
|Parents||Names Not Known. (His father was a farmer.)|
|Siblings||She is the eldest among three siblings.|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Manpreet Kaur
- Manpreet Kaur is an Indian track and field athlete who competes as a shot putter. In 2015, she set the Indian national record of 17.96m in Women’s Shot Put at the National Open Athletics Championships (Kolkata). She won a gold medal in the shot put with a performance of 18.86m at the 2017 Asian Grand Prix in Jinhua, China, which took her to the No. 1 spot in the rankings. However, the performance was erased from the record books after she failed the dope test. In 2022, she was named in India’s 37-member Athletics contingent for the 2022 Commonwealth Games after clocking an 18.06m throw at the National Inter State Senior Athletics Championship, smashing her own 2015 national record.
- In an interview, she revealed that it was her father who encouraged her to pursue sports after watching her cousin brothers, who were both athletes. One of them was a 100m sprinter and the other a discus thrower. Meanwhile, her sister-in-law was a shot putter.
- Manpreet began her athletic journey as a 100m sprinter for which she trained for a year. Eventually, her cousin brother guided her to opt for shot put as she had a better chance to excel in the sport.
- Her father died when she was 13 after which she had a struggling childhood. In 2006, her mother was paralysed.
- In the same year, she began her career as a junior athlete.
- After completing Class 12, she first secured a job at Indian Railways and then pursued her graduation.
- She secured 9th rank in the 5th IAAF World Youth Championships in 2007 in Ostrova.
- Manpreet Kaur and Karamjit Singh first met when they started training together in Patiala under Manpreet’s cousin Jagjit Singh.
- Her marriage in 2008 was followed by her disappointing performance in the 2010 Commonwealth Games after which she took a sabbatical and decided to raise a family.
- After giving birth to a daughter, she started training under her husband in 2013 and competed in the 2013 National Games (Jharkhand).
- At the 2015 National Open Athletics Championships in Kolkata, she qualified for Olympic Games Rio 2016 with a performance of 17.96m. She surpassed the long-standing national record of 17.46m set by Harbans Kaur in 1997. However, her throw in Rio Games was 17.06m, and she overall finished 13th position. Only the top 12 entered the final.
- She made a comeback with her 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 the second spot, whose best throw that season was 18.54m.
- In 2017, she won a gold medal at the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships with a throw of 18.28m.
- In the same year, she was handed a four-year suspension over a doping violation. While sharing the emotional turmoil she endured following the ban, in an interview, she said,
There were thoughts of what I should do, whether to quit or continue. I did train but when you are playing competitions, you have targets to achieve. There was no target for me during that four-year period (of ban).”
- With her husband-cum-coach Karamjit Singh based at NIS Patiala, she used to train at Railway Stadium in Patiala during her ban. To break the monotony of her lengthy ban, she used to do mock trials whenever actual competitions approached. In an interview, while talking about the same, she said,
When there was a national competition or some events, we would set targets and do a kind of mock competition or trial to do better than the participants in the actual competition.”
- After serving a four-year doping ban, Manpreet Kaur smashed her own shot put national record at the National Inter State Senior Athletics Championship 2022, and qualified for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games by clocking 18.06m on Day 2 of the championship. The qualification mark set for CWG was 17.76m.