Seema Punia

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Seema Punia
XIX Commonwealth Games-2010 Delhi Winners of Discus (Women’s) Krishna Poonia of India (Gold), Harwant Kaur of India (Silver) and Seema Antil of India (Bronze) during the medal presentation ceremony of the event (cropped) - Seema Antil.jpg
Seema Antil (2010)
Personal information
Born (1983-07-27) 27 July 1983 (age 35)
Sonipat, Haryana, India
Country India
Event(s)Discus throw
Updated on 6 October 2014.

Seema Punia-Antil (born 27 July 1983) is an Indian discus thrower. Her personal best throw is 62.62 m (205.4 ft), achieved at the Pat Young's Throwers Classic 2016 at Salinas (California) in the US.[1]

Early life[edit]

Seema Antil was born in Khewda village of Sonipat district in Haryana.[2] Her sporting career began at the age of 11 years as a hurdler and a long-jumper, but later took to discus throw.[3] Her gold medal win at the World Junior Championships in 2000 in Santiago earned her the nickname: 'Millennium Child'.[4] She studied in the Government College, Sonipat.


Antil originally won a gold medal at the 2000 World Junior Championships, but she 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.[5] She won a bronze medal at the next World Junior Championships in 2002.

She won a silver medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, and was honoured with Bhim Award by the Haryana state government on 26 June 2006. Her absence from the 2006 Asian Games attracted considerable media attention.[6] She had tested positive for a steroid (stanozolol) prior to the Games but was cleared to participate by her National Federation. She, however, opted out of the team for the Games.[7]

She won a bronze medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. She finished 13th at the 2012 London Olympics. In 2014, she won a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games and a gold at the Asian Games.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Antil is married to Ankush Punia, her coach, and a former discus thrower who represented India at 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.[9]

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  India
2002 World Junior Championships Santiago, Chile 3rd Discus throw 55.83 m
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 14th Discus throw 60.64 m
2006 Commonwealth Games Melbourne, Australia 2nd Discus throw 60.56 m
2010 Commonwealth Games Delhi, India 3rd Discus throw 58.46 m
2012 Olympic Games London, England 13th Discus throw 61.91 m
2014 Commonwealth Games Glasgow, Scotland 2nd Discus throw 58.44 m
Asian Games Incheon, South Korea 1st Discus throw 61.03 m
2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 20th Discus throw 57.58 m
2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Coast, Australia 2nd Discus throw 60.41 m

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Discus thrower Seema Punia qualifies for Rio Olympics". The Hindu. PTI. 29 May 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Seema Antil". Athletes. Sports Reference. Retrieved 11 October 2010.
  3. ^ "Seema Antil profile". The Times of India.
  4. ^ "Asian Games 2014: Two no-shows and two doping charges later, Seema Punia spins gold". The Indian Express. 29 September 2014.
  5. ^ "The Hindu : Seema Antil loses gold medal on ephedrine violation". 2 October 2001. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  6. ^ "Seema Antil not to take part in Doha". 31 December 2004. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  7. ^ "Seema cleared, opts out". The Hindu. 9 December 2006. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  8. ^ "India's discus thrower Seema Punia clinches gold at Asian Games". India Today. 29 September 2014. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  9. ^ "CWG medallist ties the knot". 8 February 2011.

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