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Seema Punia and Kamalpreet Kaur discus throw Olympics 2021 LIVE: Kamalpreet qualifies for finals with 64m throw, Seema Punia bows out

Catch Seema Punia and Kamalpreet Kaur discus throw Olympics 2021 LIVE updates and commentary
Updated: 31 July 2021 08:39 IST - Published: July, 31 2021 05:19 AM IST
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It's a mixed start to India today.

While on one hand, we can rejoice in the qualification of Kamalpreet Kaur, who now is a serious medal contender. On the other hand, there is also reason to be sad as Amit Panghal (boxing) and Seema Punia bows out of the Olympics.

Nonetheless, it is an action-packed day so stay tuned and take care.
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List of all the qualified athletes

The USA will start as the favorite for the gold medal. Meanwhile, India, Croatia, Germany, Italy and Cuba will be the other nations vying chances for the podium finish.

Final List (As per rankings)
USA
India
Croatia
Germany
Italy
Germany
Cuba
Portugal
China
Germany
Jamaica
Brazil
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Seema Punia's Olympics over

The veteran thrower fails to make the cut.
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Group B Final Result

Kamalpreet Kaur and Valeria Allman are the only two throwers to confirm the spot in the finals by crossing the qualification mark.
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India confirms Final spot

India has confirmed its position in the final. Kamalpreet Kaur's 63.97 is the second-best of the day.
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Results so far

1) USA
2) India
3) Italy
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Missed by 0.03m 

Kamalpreet Kaur misses the qualification mark by 0.03m. She sends the discus flying to 63.97m
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The throwers are getting to warm up now. Seconds attempts are just getting better. Wonder where this leaves India.



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Result after Round 1

1)Valarie Allman (USA) -- Qualify
2) Marike Steinacker (GER)
3) Yaime Perez (CUB)

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Kamalpreet Kaur gets 60.29m in her first throw.
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India in action
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That was close

China's Yang Chen throws 62.59m. Need a 64 to qualify.
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Valeria Allman Qualifies

The USA thrower was all smiles after brilliant 66.42m throw. She is the first thrower to confirm a spot in the finals.
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Start list
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Group B begins
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Kamalpreet Kaur will be in action next. Her best is 66.59m this year, which should be enough to put her in the medal contention, given the conditions in Tokyo. The throwers haven't been able to perform their best so far.

The Group B will begin at 7:25 am. Until then read about the Indian thrower and stay tuned!
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Group A qualification over

None of the throwers managed to cross the qualification mark of 64m. It means they will now have to wait for the group B results and hope they finish in top 12.

Croatia's Sandra Perkovic, 2019 world bronze medalist, finished No.1 in group A with a throw of 63.75m, followed by Kristin Pudenz of Germany, who registered 63.53m.

India's Seema Punia finished sixth with the best throw of 60.57m. Her qualification hopes are still alive as she hopes to finish in top 12.
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Top 6 in Group A

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Seema Punia's throw Summary

First throw: ❌
Second throw: 60.57
Third throw: 58.93   

Seema Punia doesn't quite top her second throw; she is currently sixth and she will have to wait to see if finishes in the top 12 
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Seema Punia's third attempt

She throws a 58.93m in the last attempt. The good thing is she has thrown a 60.57m which would be considered as her best throw. It should keep her in the race to the final.

Seema Punia is currently ranked sixth.
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Cuba favorite for gold

Current world champion Yaime Perez will be the favorite to win the gold medal. However, she will face stiff challenge from Netherlands Jorinde Van Klinken and USA Valarie Allman. The latter are the only two discus throwers this year to cross the 70m- mark.
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Sandra Perkovic is one of the favorites at the Olympics.

She is currently in the lead with a 63.75m throw.

India's Kamalpreet Kaun has thrown the sixth-best throw this year. She will be in action later in the day.
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Seema Punia opens account

That is a good throw by the Indian. She throws 60.57m in her second attempt. 

But is it enough to qualify? Mind you either a 64.00m or a best 12 finish will only take her to the finals.
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The first round is almost over and these are the top 6  throwers.

1) Croatia - 63.75m
2) Germany - 63.53m
3) Jamaica - 59.55m
4) China - 55.37m
5) USA - 55.10m
6) MDA - 54.57m
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8) India- x
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World Record!


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Croatia leads

Sandra Perkovic takes the number spot with a 63.75m throw.
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Seema Punia's first attempt

It goes out of bounds.
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Its ON!

Qualification Rules: Qualifying performance 64.00 (Q) or at least 12 best performers (q) advance to the Final
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The athletes are warming up and Seema Punia will be the first thrower in group A.
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Road to Olympics

Seema Punia had silenced her critics when she qualified for the Olympics. She has a story that can inspire anyone regardless of the field they belong to.

So, read more about her Olympics journey.

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Good Morning and welcome to another exciting day with Sportkeeda.

Two more medals can be assured for India today later in the day. But for now, Seema Punia and Kamalpreet Kaur will kick off the country's field events campaign in the discus throw.

So sit back and enjoy as the two throwers gear up.
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