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Name PUNIA Seema
NOC IND - India India Date of Birth 27 JUL 1983
Residence Gender Female
Height 186 cm Weight 98 kg
Discipline Athletics

Athletics

Result
Date Time Event Phase Results
Rank Time Record
29 SEP 2014 19:30 Women's Discus Throw Final Final 1 61.03

Competition Highlights

RankEventYearLocationResult
Olympic Games
13Discus Throw2012London, GBR61.91
World Championships
15Discus Throw2009Berlin, GER59.85
Asian Championships
5Discus Throw2013Pune, IND52.58
Commonwealth Games
2Discus Throw2014Glasgow, GBR61.61

Detailed Information

Biography
Occupation Athlete
Higher education Government College Sonepat, India
Spouse & Children Husband Ankush Punia
Languages Spoken English, Hindi
Coach Ankush Punia [husband] (india.com, 16 Jul 2014)
Plays Right (indiatoday.intoday.in, 25 Mar 2012)
Additional Information Start of sporting career
She took up athletics at age 11. (Commonwealth Games, 2006)

Reason for taking up this sport
She first tried hurdles, until her brother [who was a wrestler] encouraged her to take up discus. (Commonwealth Games, 2006)

Awards
She was honoured with the Bhim Award by the Haryana State Government in 2006. (daughterofindia.com, 29 Mar 2010)

General
2012 FUNDING
She said that had it not been for the funding she received for the 2012 Olympic Games in London from Mittal Champions Trust, she may have quit the sport. "I would have quit the sport but stayed on only because Mittal Champions Trust came at the right time. They were the ones who funded my training abroad and have provided me with a very good coach." (dailymail.co.uk, 26 Mar 2012)

DOHA 2006 WITHDRAWAL
Just days before she was scheduled to compete at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar, she withdrew from the Indian team and returned to India. She had allegedly tested positive for a banned substance during the Indian athletics team's training camp in Muscat, Oman. The Athletics Federation of India convened a panel and found that she was innocent of any wrongdoing. Although given the all-clear to compete, she did not travel to Doha, citing personal reasons and the negative publicity surrounding the case. (rediff.com, 08 Dec 2006)

COLD MEDICATION CONTROVERSY
After winning a bronze medal in discus at the 2000 World Junior Championships in Santiago, Chile, she tested positive for the stimulant pseudoephedrine and had her medal withdrawn. She claimed she had taken medicine for a cold on her way from India to Chile and was unaware the tablet contained any banned substance. She escaped a ban, after a two-member panel from the Amateur Athletic Federation of India [AAFI] heard her case and recommended that she be warned, rather than suspended. (PTI, 02 Oct 2001)