Seema settles for bronze

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 31 Aug 2018 12:03:04


 

 

JAKARTA

DEFENDING champion Seema Punia settled for a bronze in the women’s discus throw event in the Asian Games here. The 35-year-old Seema cleared a best distance of 62.26m, her best in six years, but that was just enough for a bronze medal.
Asian champion Chen Yang of China hurled the disc to gold winning distance of 65.12 in her last attempt, which was a huge 2.86m more than the Indian at the GBK Main stadium. The Asia number one Chen, 27, was always a top contender in this event with a personal and season best throw of 67.03. She kept improving with her throws and was closely followed by compatriot Feng Bin, who grabbed the silver with 64.25m, which also came in her last attempt.
Seema’s best throw came in her third attempt when she sent the disc to 62.26m, which was better than her gold-winning effort at the 2014 Incheon Games, where she had managed 61.03m. Chen was in lead from her first attempt of 59.61m after Seema began with a 58.51m and looked unhappy with her effort.