Seema Poonia

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Seema Poonia from Chirawa district Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan is a prominent promising boxer. She won Silver medal in the women's discus throw in CWG 2018.

She won Bronze Medal in 8th Asian Women Boxing Championship held from August 13 to 15, 2015 in China.

She was felicitated for her accomplishment in a citizens' reception organised at Chirawa on 28th August, 2015 where local MP Smt. Santosh Ahlawat presided over the function.

Career

CWG 2018: Seema Punia wins silver, Navjeet Dhillon claims bronze in discus throw

Ref - Times of India 12.4.2018

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.

CWG 2018: Seema wins silver, rues lack of coach; Navjeet finishes third

Ref - Times of India 13.4.2018

GOLD COAST: The shadow of controversy could be trailing her everywhere but Seema Punia still shines through it all. On Thursday, she became India’s most decorated athlete in the Commonwealth Games.

The 34-year-old, who began with a silver in the 2006 Games in Melbourne, bagged her third silver in what could be her final Commonwealth Games to take her collection to four. The other medals - a bronze and silver - came in 2010 and 2014.

The Indian, who went into the meet after some solid preparation on foreign shores, straightaway jumped into the lead as her heave landed at 60.41m. The response from defending champion Dani Stevens of Australia, who bagged a bronze behind Punia in 2006, was immediate as she snatched the lead with a throw of 61.39.

Punia never managed to better her first effort, her series then reading 59.57, x, 58.54, x, 58.90m even as Stevens moved from strength to strength, touching a new Games record mark of 68.26 on her fourth attempt at the Carrara stadium.

“I could have done better. If I’m starting with 60, then I should have improved to 63 or 64. But I couldn’t,” she said. A lament followed: “How can I train without a coach. There was no one to tell me the finer points which could have helped me in the competition,” Punia said. Pressed further, Punia said: “Arey, manager log coach banke aaya hain (Managers have come as coaches)!”

Asked whether she felt the gold was out of her grasp, Punia said she was surprised by Stevens’ performance. “I used to train with her, so I know her performance. But today I was surprised to see her fitness. She is a much better thrower and I wanted to fight but that didn’t happen as my throw didn’t come properly,” Punia said.

Asked about her training base in preparation for the Games, Punia asked why was the media so interested in her training. “I have opened the account and given the country a medal. So what purpose would be served by finding that out. I train at home and abroad but yes there are benefits of training abroad. I trained in the USA,” she said with a give-away smile.

On her long standing rivalry with Stevens, starting from 2006, Punia said, “She has got a team of around eight persons working with her. But who is there for us. We train and throw ourselves,” Punia said. “I’ll be around only till 2020 and I hope I can give my best in these two years. After that my body won’t allow me to compete,” Punia said.

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