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Seema bags silver, Navjeet bronze 

Gold Coast, April 12

Seema Punia, 34 years old, won her fourth consecutive CWG medal tonight, sealing silver with her first discus throw of the night. Navjeet Kaur Dhillon, 23, grabbed her first CWG medal, a bronze, with her final throw of the night. Seema was, as is her wont, relaxed and calm after getting silver; Navjeet was emotional, red-eyed after shedding tears of joy after a nerve-wracking time during which she seemed destined to finish medal-less.Navjeet threw the disc to 57.43m with her final throw; Seema, who had thrown it to 60.41m-mark, didn’t improve on it in the next five attempts, and had to be content with silver. The two medals in the event came as something of a surprise because the recent in-competition throws of the two Indians were not very encouraging.But Seema had, on March 28, recorded a throw of 64.07m during practice.  “So, once I hit 60.41m with my first throw, I was confident that I would add three-four metres to that tonight,” she said. “But then I made some mistakes.” That she did – out of the remaining five throws, she fouled two, third and fifth. The second throw landed 59.57m away, fourth at 58.4m and the last at 58.90m. The 64m throw she expected of herself just didn’t materialise. Australia’s Dani Stevens had thrown to 68.26m with her fourth throw; basically, that ended the competition. “Seema came up to me and congratulated me,” said Stevens later. “But I told her that since she still had to throw, it wasn’t over yet. We’ve known each other since 2006, from the time she was called Seema Antil. We egg each other on during competitions.”

Dhillon’s last

Seema had someone else to egg on in the final — Navjeet, the girl from Jandiala Guru, Amritsar district. “She was advising me during the final,” said Navjeet. “I was able to throw well because of support from her.”“You see, when I observed anything she might need to change in her technique or execution, I was able to advise her,” Seema said. “But she’s a kid, bachchi hai abhi, so who would advise me? I do wish my coach was present here. Dani Stevens has eight people in her support team — and we two had one coach. How are we going to compete against athletes from these countries?”Navjeet, who works for the Railways, hopes that the silver would help her get a job in Punjab, and some sponsors, too. “I’d approached a couple of non-government sports organisations,” Navjeet said. “But they were not able to find a way to help me.”

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