Seema Punia also known as Seema Punia Antil is an Indian discus thrower born on July 27, 1983. Born and brought up in Khewda village of Sonipat district in Haryana and studies in government college of Sonipat. She took up athletics at the age of 11. She started as a hurdler and long jumper but later her brother who was a wrestler encouraged her to take discus throw. She is married to Ankush Punia, her coach, and a former Discus thrower who represented India at 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. Her personal best throw is 62.62 m achieved at the Pat Young’s Throwers Classic 2016 at Salinas (California) in the US. Search for Seema Punia’s active social profiles, contact number, contact email id, office contact details like phone number, email id, address, fax number, etc in this article and check what are the mediums available to reach the sportsperson.
She won the gold medal at World Junior Championship 2000 but the medal was taken away from her as the drug test for pseudoephedrine came out to be positive. She claimed to have taken a cold medicine and was unaware that it contained a banned substance. Later she escaped a ban and was given a warning. In the next World Junior championship 2002 held in Kingston, she clinched a bronze medal.
She was honoured with Bhim Award by the Haryana state government on 26 June 2006 after winning a silver medal at 2006 commonwealth games. At 2006 Asian Games at Doha, Qatar she withdrew from Indian team and returned to India which grabbed a lot of media attention. She supposedly tested positive for a banned substance during Indian athletics camp in Muscat, even after given the clearance by the Athletic Federation of India she did not travel to Doha to participate in Asian games 2006 due to the negative publicity she had to bear. Yaime Perez, Su Xinyue, Nadine Müller are some discus throwers who can give serious competition to Seema.
In 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece she secured the 14th position after a throw of 60.64 m. In 2012 she received a funding from Mittal Champions Trust due to which she was able to participate in 2012 Olympic Games in London in which she secured 13th place after a throw of 61.91 m. India’s only woman discus thrower in Rio Olympics was Seema Punia. She failed to qualify for the finals in Rio Olympic Games 2016. Seema Punia’s best throw of 57.58 metres came in her first attempt. She registered a foul in her next attempt and finished with 56.78 meters in her third and final attempt.
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