Veteran discus thrower Siema Punia qualifies for Tokyo Olympics

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Seema Punia

Veteran discus thrower Siema Punia qualified for the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday with the best effort of 63.70m until he won gold on the last day of the National Interstate Athletics Championships here.

The 37-year-old Punia, who won silver at the 2018 Community Games and bronze at the 2018 Asian Games, broke the 63.50m Olympic qualifying mark.

She will participate in her fourth Olympics after the 2004, 2012 and 2016 editions of the Games.

Punia will be the second Indian to take part in the Tokyo Olympics event after national record holder Kamalpreet Kaur, who threw the iron discus 66.59m in the Indian Grand Prix 4 on Monday last year. Kaur did not start the event on Tuesday, although her name was originally there.



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