Seema Punia (Discus Thrower) Biography, Commonwealth Games, Height, Age, Husband, Family, & More

Seema Punia

Seema Punia (born July 27, 1983) is a discus thrower from India. Her personal best throw is 63.72 m (209.1 ft), which she achieved in the 2021 National Senior Inter-state Athletic Championships. She hit the headlines as she represented India in Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham.

Early Life

Seema Punia was born in the Haryana village of Khewda in the district of Sonipat. Her athletic career began at the age of 11 as a hurdler and long-jumper, although she eventually switched to discus throwing.


Her gold medal performance at the World Junior Championships in Santiago in 2000 earned her the nickname “Millennium Child.” She attended the Government College in Sonipat.

Name Seema Punia
Other name Seema Antil Punia
Profession Discus Thrower
Height in centimeters– 183 cm
in meters– 1.83 m
in feet & inches– 6’
Weight in kilograms– 96 kg
in pounds– 211 lbs
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour Black
Coach(es)/Mentor(s) • Ankush Punia
• Vitaliy Pishchalnikov
Date of Birth 27 July 1983 (Wednesday)
Age (as of 2021) 38 Years
Birthplace Village Khewra, Sonipat, Haryana
Zodiac sign Leo
Nationality Indian
Hometown Village Khewra, Sonipat, Haryana
School Tika Ram Girls Sr. Sec. School, Sonipat, Haryana
Educational Qualification Graduation
Controversy In 2000, she was given the title ‘Millenium Child’ after she won a gold medal at the World Junior Championships 2000. Later, she tested positive for the pseudoephedrine drug test. 
Food Habit Non-Vegetarian
Marital Status Divorced
Affairs/Boyfriends Ankush Punia
Marriage Date 6 February 2011
Husband/Spouse Ankush Punia (former discus thrower and coach)
Parents Father– Vijay Pal Singh (lawyer)
Mother– Name Not Known
Siblings Brother(s)
• Anandpal Antil (eldest; Greco-Roman wrestler)
• Amitpal Antil (hockey player)

Career and Achievements 

She originally won a gold medal at the 2000 World Junior Championships, but she was stripped of it after testing positive for pseudoephedrine. Following the removal of her award, her National Federation issued her a public warning in accordance with the rules in effect at the time. In 2002, she won a bronze medal at the World Junior Championships.

She received the Bhim Award from the Haryana state government on June 26, 2006, after winning a silver medal in the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Her absence from the 2006 Asian Games drew a lot of media attention. Prior to the Games, she tested positive for a steroid (stanozolol), but her National Federation cleared her to compete. She, on the other hand, chose not to participate in the Games.

She took bronze in the Commonwealth Games in 2010. She came in 13th place at the London Olympics in 2012. She won a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games and a gold medal in the Asian Games in 2014.

World Junior Championships
2002: Bronze medal in discus throw held in Kingston

Commonwealth Games
2006: Silver medal in discus throw held in Melbourne
2010: Bronze medal in discus throw held in Delhi
2014: Silver medal in discus throw held in Glasgow
2018: Silver medal in discus throw held in Goldcoast

Asian Games
2014: Gold medal in discus throw held in Incheon
2018: Bronze medal in discus throw held in Jakarta Palembang

Seema Punia Husband 

On February 6, 2011, she married Ankush Punia, an Indian discus thrower, and her coach. After a few years of marriage, problems began to arise in their marriage, and the pair eventually split.

When Seema updated her marital status as a divorcee and removed her surname ‘Punia’ from her Facebook account, the public became aware of their divorce.

Seema Punia and her husband

Seema Punia Height 

She is blessed with an attractive personality which is enhanced by her black hair and black eyes. Her height is 6 feet and 0 inches which is 183 centimeters.

She follows a regular and healthy diet in order to keep herself healthy with a weight of 96 kg or 211 lbs.

Height: 6’0″

Weight: 96 kg

Hair Colour: Black

Eye Colour: Black

Seema Punia Net Worth

According to some Internet sources, her estimated net worth is around $300K approx.

Did You Know?

  • During an interview, she stated that her first love is discus throw, but she also wanted to attempt shot put.
  • She won the Bhim Award from the Government of Haryana for her contributions to sports on June 26, 2006.
  • Seema Punia eats non-vegetarian food.

  • In 2021, she questioned her colleague discus thrower Kamalpreet Kaur’s rapid increase in performance. Punia wrote to the sports federation, implying that Kaur was on hyperandrogenism medication.
  • In an interview, she said that she was once mistreated by Indian sports officials. She also suffered significant financial losses in 2014, and she was turned down for a promotion with the Haryana Police.

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