Discus thrower Seema Punia has shown that age is just a number. The 38-year-old, on the fifth and final day of the 60th National Inter-State Senior Athletics Championships held at the Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports (NSNIS), Patiala, booked her spot for Tokyo Olympics 2021.
Seema booked her place in some style. She registered 63.72m which earned her ticket to Tokyo. In the women’s category, 63.5m is the qualification mark which Punia breached successfully on Tuesday.
Seema Punia will now join Kamalpreet Kaur who has already qualified for Tokyo Olympics 2021.
This will be Seema Punia’s fourth attempt at the Olympics. Earlier Seema has represented India at 2004 Athens, 2012 London and 2016 Rio Olympics.
Seema started with a 59.31m which was increased gradually in her rest attempts. In her fourth attempt, Seema registered 63.72m which was above the qualification mark.
Seema Punia has won silver and bronze medals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and 2018 Asian Games respectively.
The Athletics Federation of India officially announced and congratulated Seema Punia’s qualification via Twitter,
Seema Poonia earns #Tokyo2020 qualification with an effort of 63.70m (OQ mark 63.50m) in the women discus throw on the last day of the Inter-State meet in #Patiala Congrats Seema!
Congrats Seema! pic.twitter.com/RAlFhNaDuj
— Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) June 29, 2021
The Tokyo Olympics was scheduled for last year but due to the pandemic situation across the world, the event was postponed by a year. 2021 Summer Olympics will now open on 23rd July in Tokyo.