Seema Punia overcomes odds to qualify for 4th Commonwealth GamesMarch 6, 2018
Experience is made of gold, and discus thrower Seema Punia proved that in the Federation Cup being held in Patiala on Monday. The tournament, which is a trial for athletes willing to take part in the Commonwealth Games, has seen a number of failures from decorated performers. But Seema Punia had other plans. The veteran has never been one to give up easily.
The 34-year-old representing Uttar Pradesh shown through as she flung the iron disc a distance of 61.05 metres in her final of six attempts, at the National Institute of Sports in Patiala. It was enough for her to win gold. The current Asian Games gold medallist has been battling injuries for more than a year now and doubts had been cast on her performance. “It is difficult to compete with injury. I was dealing with a shoulder injury and also had kidney issues last season. At this stage in your career, you don’t have any option but to compete with injuries”, she said.
One of India’s most decorated athletes in Commonwealth Games history, Punia has never returned empty handed from the meet. She had won Silver in 2006, Melbourne and 2014, Glasgow. In addition, she has a Bronze from the 2010 Games held in Delhi. “Right now my only target is to do well in the Commonwealth Games. This could probably be the final time I compete in the Commonwealth Games. I want to win a gold,” Punia said as she looks to better her performance this year.