Seema Punia Current Affairs
Discus thrower Seema Punia has qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics scheduled to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in August 2016. She is the 19th Indian track and field athlete to qualify for Rio Olympics.
Seema was able to qualify after throwing discus at 62.62 meters at the Pat Young’s Throwers Classic 2016 event held at Salinas (California) in the United States. She crossed the Rio Games qualification standard of 61meters with her season’s best effort of 62.62 meters and winning gold medal in the event.
This will be Seema’s third Olympic Games appearance having taken part in 2004 and 2012 where she failed to get past the qualification round on both the occasions.
31 year old Seema Punia, won India its first gold in the track and field events when she defeated her two Chinese rivals to come first in discus throw. Her best throw was 61.03m in the women’s discus throw event. She had also won a silver medal in the Commonwealth Games held this year at Glasgow.
The national record for discus throw in women is held by Seema Antil with 64.84m and Krishna Poonia with 64.76m. Krishna Poonia was also competing in the Asian Games but her performance was disappointing at 55.57m. She finished fourth.
Discus throw is an ancient game with origins in Greece. It is part of the track and field events, and involves the competitor throwing a discus (a heavy disc) as far as they can. Discus has always figured prominently in modern Games, with the men’s discus throw event being a part of the Summer Olympics since the first game in 1896.