Seema Punia bags silver in California event

A day after qualifying for the Rio Olympics with an impressive 62.62m effort, Asian Games discus champion Seema Antil Punia came up with another confident performance in the Pat Young Throwers Classic, this time in the ‘Elite Development’ section, at Salinas, California, on Monday.

The 32-year-old Seema came up with a 62.43m throw as she won the silver behind American Stephanie Brown Trafton, the 2008 Olympic champion, who produced a winning effort of 63.09m.   -  Getty Images

A day after qualifying for the Rio Olympics with an impressive 62.62m effort, Asian Games discus champion Seema Antil Punia came up with another confident performance in the Pat Young Throwers Classic, this time in the ‘Elite Development’ section, at Salinas, California, on Monday.

The 32-year-old Seema came up with a 62.43m throw as she won the silver behind American Stephanie Brown Trafton, the 2008 Olympic champion, who produced a winning effort of 63.09m. China’s Yanbo Yang won the bronze with 61.06.

Meanwhile, the 2010 Commonwealth Games champion Krishna Poonia’s struggle to qualify for Rio continued as she finished seventh in the event with a best throw of 57.48m.

The Rio Olympics qualification standard in women’s discus is 61m.