Seema kick-starts outdoor season with silver

Asian Games discus throw champion Seema Antil Punia threw to a distance of 58.86m and took the silver behind American Stephanie Brown Trafton (60.12) at the Hartnell Spring Fling Throwers Meet at Salinas, California in the US, on Sunday.

Seema Punia of India competes in the Women's Discus Throw event. ( File Photo)   -  Getty Images

Asian Games discus throw champion Seema Antil Punia made a strong start to her outdoor season by finishing second at the Hartnell Spring Fling Throwers Meet at Salinas, California in the US, on Sunday.

The 32-year-old threw to a distance of 58.86m and took the silver behind American Stephanie Brown Trafton (60.12). Another American, Rachel Varner (57.58), was third.

Seema, now training in the U.S. in the hope of achieving the qualifying mark (61m) for the Rio Olympics, has over 10 career marks over 61m with the last coming at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games where she picked the silver with 61.61m.

Her gold at the Incheon Asian Games, also in 2014, came with a 61.03m effort.

Krishna Poona, the 2010 Commonwealth Games champion who was sixth in the 2012 London Olympics, has also made a comeback of sorts from injuries but is yet to open her season.