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Rio Olympics 2016, India Athletics: Seema Punia, Women’s Discus Throw qualifying round live updates online

Seema Punia has failed to qualify for the final Women's Discus Throw.
Updated: 16 August 2016 08:08 IST - Published: 16 August 2016 04:44 IST
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This is a disappointing end for Seema Punia and the Indian athletics contingent. Thank you for joining us this morning. Sportskeeda's live coverage of the 2016 Rio Olympics continues. Follow here

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Top 12 athletes who have qualified - 

1. Yaime Perez (Cuba) - 65.38
2. Su Xinyue (China) - 65.14
3. Sandra Perkovic (Croatia) - 64.81
4. Dani Samuels (Australia) - 64.46
5. Nadine Muller (Germany) - 63.67
6. Denia Caballero (Cuba) - 62.94 
7. Melina Robert-Michon (France) - 62.59
8. Feng Bin (China) - 62.01
9. Julia Fischer (Germany) - 61.83
10. Chen Yang (China) - 61.44
11. Zinaida Sendruite (Lithuania) - 60.79
12. Shanice Craft (Germany) - 60.23


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IT IS OVER and Seema Punia is out of Women's Discus Throw Qualifying Round. 

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Seema Punia has finished her round of qualification and it looks highly unlikely that she will qualify. Awaiting official confirmation though. Still a few throws left. 

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Seema Punia's three attempts - 57.58, x, 56.78

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Seema Punia throws 56.78 in her third attempt. It looks all but over for the Indian here. 

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Seema Punia has had two attempts so far - throwing 57.58 in first and fouling in the second. 

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She has now slipped down to 9th place in Group B and displaced by Karen Gallardo, who threw 57.81 in her first attempt. 

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Viewers should remember that Punia is 8th in her Group and not overall. 

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Seema Punia's third attempt should be coming right up!!! This is big and will determine if she stays or goes. 

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Julia Fischer throws 60+ again but it is not better than 61.83. She should still qualify though. 

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Seema Punia is currently on 8th and has one attempt remaining. 

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The top four have qualified for the finals. 

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Group B Top 5 at the moment:

1. Yaime Perez - 65.38
2. Su Xinyue - 65.14
3. Nadine Muller - 63.67
4. Melina Robert-Michon - 62.59

5. Julia Fischer - 61.83

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A total of 8 athletes have already qualified by virtue of throwing 62.00 or more. Seema needs a really good throw in the last attempt here. 

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Seema Punia's chances look quite bleak now and she will need to dig out something huge if she has to qualify for the finals. 

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This is not looking good for the Indian here and she has just one more attempt left, which Seema Punia will need to make count. 

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FOUL ATTEMPT!!!! Seema Punia fails to get it right the second time. DISAPPOINTING

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Those who have touched 60 but not qualified yet are Julia Fischer (61.83), Chen Yang (61.44), Zinaida Sendriute (60.79) and Shanice Craft (60.23)

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The best throw of the night belongs to Yaime Perez, who managed 65.38. 

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Seema Punia's second attempt coming up soon and she is carrying the hopes of more than a billion Indians here, who might be just waking up to catch hold of her performance. 

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She has two more attempts remaining and if she can manage a 60+ throw, her chances of qualifying would increase tremendously. Come on Seema!!!

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All athletes in Group B have attempted the throw at least once and Seema Punia is on 8th position. 

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Natalia Semenova from Ukraine, who had produced a foul attempt first, throws 58.41 to move to 6th spot in the group. 

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Just to remind our readers, a throw of 62.00 meters means automatic qualification and so far 8 athletes (4 from Group A and 4 from Group B) have qualified. 

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Remember friends, Seema Punia threw more than 62 to qualify for the Olympics. She needs something similar here. 

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The seeds are showing their excellent abilities and have secured qualification. Seema Punia needs to throw 60+ to have a good chance of qualifying for the finals. 

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Not too bad from the Indian but she ll need to better that if she is to qualify for the final. 

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Seema Punia starts off with a 57.58 here. She is on 8th spot. 

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Group B Top 5 at the moment: 

1. Yaime Perez (Cuba) - 65.38 (Q)
2. Su Xinyue (China) - 65.14 (Q)
3. Nadine Muller (Germany) - 63.67 (Q)
4. Melina Robert-Michon (France) - 62.59 (Q)
5. Julia Fischer (Germany) - 61.83

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Melina Robert-Michon (France), Nadine Muller (Germany), Su Xinyue (China) and Yaime Perez (Cuba) have all qualified. 

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GROUP B is turning out to be a fantastic one and athletes seem to be making full use of dry conditions. 

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FIRST QUALIFICATION FROM GROUP B- World No. 4 Yaime Perez produces a marvelous attempt of 65.38 and she has booked a finals spot. Never a doubt. She has thrown the farthest among all tonight. A great contender for the gold medal. 

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Performing in such a huge stadium can be a daunting task, especially in a foreign country but that is what the big stage is all about. 

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World No. 6 Julia Fishcer throws and NEARLY QUALIFIES in her first attempt with a 61.83. SOOO CLOSEEEE!!! She shows there why her ranking is 6 in the world. Excellent throw. 

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Subenrat Insaeng breaks the trend and she throws a decent 56.64. 

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Something seems to be wrong here as there are a lot of foul attempts on display. 

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Rocio Comba from Argentina throws and it is yet another foul attempt.

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Sabina Asenjo from Spain throws 56.94 in her first attempt to occupy top spot in Group B for the moment. Early days though. 

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Natalia Semenova from Ukraine starts proceedings for Group B with a foul throw. Not too auspicious. 

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WE ARE UNDERWAY!!!!!!

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The event is set to begin and here are a few interesting facts for our viewers. 

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Looking at world rankings, Seema Punia (34) has relatively less chances of making it to the finals but you never know what happens. 

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World No. 3 Nadine Muller will be in action in Group B along with Cuban Yaime Perez, who is ranked 4th in the world. 

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We are about to get underway and Seema Punia will be in action shortly. 

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However, Seema Punia has tons of experience and is a seasoned athlete. Here is hoping she can be an aberration and an athletics campaign, which has looked disappointing at best for the Indian athletics contingent. 

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The Indian athletics campaign has been a bit disappointing so far with none of the athletes doing well in particular. 

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Meanwhile, looking at a hurdles race, you have to feel gutted for those who falter on the biggest stage and only imagine the travesty they must go through. 

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Indian viewers get ready as Seema Punia will be in action shortly. She needs to throw 62.00 for automatic qualification to the final. 

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