Seema Antil Profile: Women’s discus throw

Seema Antil won gold medal winning discus throw performance at the 2014 Asian Games.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: August 1, 2016 11:57 am
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Name: Seema Antil, 32, Seema Punia Antil is an Indian discus thrower. Antil was born on 27th July 1983 in Khewda village of Sonipat district in Haryana. She began with her sporting career at the age of 11 and was surprisingly a hurdler and a long-jumper then. Her gold medal win at the World Junior Championships in 2000 in Santiago earned her the nickname ‘Millennium Child. Antil originally won the gold medal at the 2000 World Junior Championships, but lost it due to a positive drugs test for pseudoephedrine. As per the rules in force at that time for such an offence, her National Federation issued her a public warning after stripping her of the medal

Career highlights: She won the silver medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, and was honoured with Bhim Award by the Haryana state government in 2006.

Record: Seema Antil won gold medal winning discus throw performance at the 2014 Asian Games. Antil’s personal best throw came when she threw the discuss at a distance of 62.62m in 2016.

Qualification: She qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympics with a gold medal winning performance at the Pat Young Throwers Classic in Salinas.

Event: Seema Antil will represent Indian in Women’s Discuss throw event at Rio 2016 Olympics. The discus throw is a track and field event in which an athlete throws a heavy disc called a discus in an attempt to mark a farther distance

Schedule: Women’s Discus Throw qualifying round is scheduled to take place on 16th August

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