For the first time in five consecutive Commonwealth Games medalless campaigns since 2006, veteran discus thrower Seema Punia on Wednesday admitted that the Birmingham edition would be her last Commonwealth Games but insisted her career was not over. Punia, 39, the most respected track and field athlete at the Commonwealth Games, will return home empty handed for the first time since winning a silver medal at the 2006 edition in Melbourne as she finished fifth on Tuesday night. ,
She could only manage a best throw of 55.92m, which she achieved in her second attempt, but that was not enough for a podium finish.
Punia told PTI, this will be my last Commonwealth Games but I am not done yet, who knows if I will be in Paris Olympics.
“The day I don’t get my best performance in training will be my last day. I don’t chase sports, I’m strong so here I am.
“I think I can throw well in the Asian Games (next year). I am confident of a medal there. And, if I score 63-64m, I can even make it to the Olympics (Paris) ” He said he did not regret missing out on a medal in his last Commonwealth Games here.
“No regrets… it was my fifth Commonwealth Games which is a big achievement in itself although there is no medal this time but I am happy,” he said.
“You win some, you lose some. Just imagine how long you’ve been training and putting all your effort into a power sport like discus throw.” Punia has won three silvers – 2006, 2014, 2018 – and a bronze – 2010 – in her first four appearances at the Commonwealth Games.
Punia, who won gold and silver medals, said, “I cherish all my medals, even the ones won at the district level. In the 2014 and 2018 Asian Games respectively.
Punia claimed that he successfully fought a hip joint injury to participate in the fifth consecutive Commonwealth Games.
“The doctor told me it’s everything for me and you can’t do power sport like this with a hip injury. But it was a big deal for me to come back and compete at this level.
“It’s a very serious injury. It’s the most important part of a discus thrower because it makes the most impact. I had to take three injections and a year to rehab. I started training in September without a coach because I had to Knew I would need one only after I got better,” she said.
It has been a roller coaster ride for Seema, who was stripped of her 2000 World Junior Championships gold medal after testing positive for a banned drug. But she returned to win a bronze at the 2002 World Junior Championships and a silver medal at her first Commonwealth Games four years later.
Struggling with injury, he won a bronze medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, which he termed as the “turning point” of his career.
“That was my second medal (at the CWG) and a turning point that I still stand there.”
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