Discus thrower Seema Punia qualifies for Rio 2016 Olympics

May 30, 2016 12:17 IST

Asian Games discus throw gold medal winner Seema Punia on 29 May 2016 qualified for the Rio Olympics with a 62.62m effort at the Pat Young's Throwers Classic 2016 at Salinas in the United States.

Punia crossed the Rio Games qualification standard of 61.00m.

The 32-year old discus thrower from Haryana defeated 2008 Olympic discus throw champion Stephanie Brown-Trafton of United States of America for the gold.

This will be Punia’s third Olympic Games appearance. She took part in the games in 2004 and 2012.

She is the 19th Indian track and field athlete to have qualified for Rio Olympics.

Who is Seema Punia?

Seema Punia originally won the gold medal at the 2000 World Junior Championships. However, she lost it due to a positive drugs test for pseudoephedrine.

She won a bronze medal at the next World Junior Championships in 2002.

She won the silver medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

She was honoured with Bhim Award by the Haryana state government on 26 June 2006.

She won the bronze medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

She finished 13th at the 2012 London Olympics.

In 2014, she won the silver medal at the Commonwealth Games and a gold at the Asian Games.

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