Seema signs off with a silver

Fighting Navjeet claims bronze

Discus throwers Seema Punia and Navjeet Kaur Dhillon opened India's medal account in athletics at the 21st Commonwealth Games, clinching the silver and bronze respectively here.

Seema came up with a throw of 60.41m in her opening attempt to win her fourth successive CWG medal while  Navjeet grabbed the bronze with her final throw of 57.43m.

The 34-year-old Seema had a 59.57m in her second throw and fouled her third and fifth attempts while coming up with a 58.54m in between. She had a final throw of 58.90m.

Seema, who was competing in her final CWG, has a season's best of 61.05m, achieved while winning the gold in the Federation Cup last month. Her personal best is 64.84m.

Former world champion Dani Stevens of Australia won the gold with a Games record of 68.26m in her fourth throw.

The 34-year-old Seema has won the most number of medals by an Indian track and field athlete in the Commonwealth Games history, delivering a medal each time she has represented the country in the quadrennial event.

She started with a silver at the 2006 edition in Melbourne, followed by another silver in 2010 and a bronze in 2014.

Arpinder in final

Arpinder Singh made the men's triple jump final after topping his group and finishing second overall in the qualifying round.

The bronze medallist at the 2014 Commonwealth Games qualified with an effort of 16.39m. The national record-holder, whose personal best is 17.17m, finished behind Dominica's Yordanys Garcia (16.75).

The other Indian in the fray, A V Rakesh Babu, also qualified with an effort of 15.98m.

 

 

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