Seema Punia wins silver, Navjeet Dhillon claims bronze in discus throw


Seema Punia and Navjeet Dhillon celebrate after winning the medal in Discus Throw event.

Gold Coast, April 12: Seema Punia and Navjeet Dhillon opened India’s account in athletics at the 2018 Commonwealth Games by winning silver and bronze medals respectively in the women’s discus throw final on Thursday. With this, India’s medal tally extended to 31 with 14 gold, seven silver and 10 bronze medals.
Seema threw 60.41m in her first attempt that turned out be her best effort out of six attempts. Compatriot Navjeet, who was at fourth spot behind New Zealand’s Sositina Hakeai, saved the best for the last as she registered a throw of 57.43m in her sixth and last attempt.
Australia’s Dani Stevens created Games Record with 68.26m throw to clinch the gold medal.
This is Seema’s fourth medal overall at the Commonwealth Games after winning silver, bronze and silver in 2006, 2010 and 2014 respectively.
Seema, 34, booked her place for the CWG with a 61.05m throw – the second best of her career – at NIS Patiala during the 22nd Federation Cup National Senior Athletics Championships.
In 2002, Seema won a bronze medal at the World Junior Championships. At the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, she picked her first medal in a multi-sport mega event by winning a silver but then got embroiled in a doping controversy just before the Doha Asian Games, which she skipped. In 2014, Seema claimed her only gold in a multi-sport mega event so far at the Incheon Asian Games. (TNN)