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Seema Punia Says CWG 2022 Her Final, However Units Sights On Paris Olympics | Commonwealth Video games Information


A medal-less marketing campaign for the primary time in 5 straight Commonwealth Video games appearances since 2006, veteran discus thrower Seema Punia on Wednesday admitted that the Birmingham version might be her final CWG however insisted that her profession just isn’t but over. The 39-year-old Punia, probably the most embellished observe and area athlete within the Commonwealth Video games, will return residence empty-handed for the primary time since her silver medal-winning feat within the 2006 version in Melbourne as she completed fifth on Tuesday night time.

She might solely produce a greatest throw of 55.92m which she got here up in her second try however that was not sufficient for a podium end.

“This might be my final CWG however I am not achieved but, who is aware of I will be there on the Paris Olympics,” Punia instructed PTI.

“The day I do not get my greatest in coaching, it could be my final. I do not chase after Video games, I am robust so I am right here.

“I feel I can throw effectively on the Asian Video games (subsequent yr). I am very assured of a medal there. And, if I get to 63-64m mark, I also can make the Olympics (Paris).” She stated she has no regrets of getting missed out on a medal in her final CWG right here.

“No regrets… This was my fifth CWG which itself is a giant achievement though there isn’t a medal this time however I am joyful,” she stated.

“You win some, you lose some. Simply think about for a way lengthy you have got been coaching and giving all of your effort in an influence sport like discus throw.” Punia has gained three silver — 2006, 2014, 2018 — and one bronze — 2010 — from her earlier 4 appearances within the CWG.

“I cherish all my medals, even those I gained on the district degree. It does not matter at what degree, but it surely takes rather a lot to win a medal,” stated Punia, who additionally has gained a gold and a silver within the 2014 and 2018 Asian Video games respectively.

Punia claimed that she efficiently battled a hip joint damage in her bid to compete in her fifth straight CWG.

“The physician had instructed me it is throughout for me and you can’t do an influence sport like this with a hip damage. However to make a comeback and compete at this degree was a giant factor for me.

“It is a very severe damage. It is probably the most essential a part of a discus thrower because it bears a lot of the influence. I needed to take three injections and one yr to rehab. I began coaching solely in September with none coach as I knew I would wish one solely after I recovered,” she stated.

It has been a roller-coaster trip for Seema who was stripped of her 2000 World Junior Championships gold medal after testing constructive for a banned drug. However she returned to win a bronze within the 2002 World Junior Championships and 4 years later bagged a silver at her debut CWG.

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Combating damage, she gained a bronze on the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Video games, which she termed because the “turning level” in her profession.

“That was my second medal (in CWG) and a turning level that I am nonetheless standing there.”

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