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“Despite odds”, Gold Medallist Seema Punia books Tokyo Olympics’ berth

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Haryana’s four-time Commonwealth Games medallist, Seema Punia now becomes the second Indian woman to chart her way to Tokyo. This is Punia’s fourth Olympics after the 2004, 2012 and 2016 editions of the Games.

National record holder discus thrower, Kamalpreet battled through Covid-19 last year and made enormous efforts to get back to full fitness. Despite all odds, she made a throw of 63.72m at the 60th Inter-state National Athletics Championships, surpassing even the Olympic qualification mark.

Indian Grand Prix-4 saw the gold medallist throw the iron disc to a distance of 66.59m. However, Tokyo-bound Shivpal Singh and Assam’s Hima Das made for the biggest upset for the day as the former lost to statemate Rohit Yadav who clinched the gold and Hima with her hamstring injury is nowhere close to the Olympic qualification.

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