Seema Punia (born 27 July 1983) is an Indian discus thrower. She was born in Khewda village of Sonipat district in Haryana. Her sporting career began at the age of 11 years as a hurdler and a long-jumper but later took to discus throw. She is known for her determination and skill.
Defending champion Seema Punia settled for a bronze in the women’s discus throw. The 35-year-old managed a best distance of 62.26 m, her best in six years, but that was just enough for a bronze medal. Asian champion Chen Yang of China hurled the disc to a gold-winning distance of 65.12 in her last attempt at the spacious GBK Main stadium.
Asia number one Chen, 27, was always the top contender in this event with a personal and season-best throw of 67.03 m. She kept improving with her throws and was closely followed by compatriot Feng Bin, who grabbed the silver with 64.25 m, which also came in her last attempt.
Seema’s best throw came in her third attempt, which was better than her gold-winning effort at the 2014 Incheon Games, where she had managed 61.03 m. Chen was in the lead from her first attempt of 59.61m after Seema began with a 58.51m and looked unhappy with her effort.
Congratulations to Seema Punia.
Seema has donated her entire Asian games per diem of $700 to Kerala Flood Relief. The amount may not be a huge sum, but for an athlete who is not in excess of funds, it is significant. Seema Punia you are a true leader on and off the field. We are proud of you and salute you for your good thoughts for the needed cause.
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