Antil lashes out at Milkha after the Indian sweep
Indian discus throw trio had just created history by sweeping the three medals at the Commonwealth Games at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Monday. But soon after India's 52-year wait for another gold medal in Commonwealth Games track and field, bronze medallist and national record holder Seema Antil lashed out at the legendary Milkha Singh.india Updated: Oct 12, 2010 00:51 IST
Indian discus throw trio had just created history by sweeping the three medals at the Commonwealth Games at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Monday.
But soon after India's 52-year wait for another gold medal in Commonwealth Games track and field, bronze medallist and national record holder Seema
Antil lashed out at the legendary Milkha Singh.
The only Indian to have won a gold at the Games, Milkha had predicted that Indians would not win a single medal here.
“He is a legend and should not have said that India would not win a single medal in athletics at the Delhi Games,” Antil said at the post-competition press conference.
“We have been hearing about Milkha's 1958 Commonwealth Games gold medal-winning feat since our childhood and I always wanted to make India proud like him one day.
“He is a great source of inspiration for every young Indian athlete,” Seema added.
The trio said that despite pull-outs by athletes including world champion Dani Samuels of Australia, the field was very strong. “Competition was tough, there was a world champion (Beatrice Faumuina of New Zealand) as well as defending champion (Elizna Naude of South Africa),” said 27-year-old Seema who is a sub-inspector with the Haryana Police.
Seema's performance comes after she had been withdrawn from the Doha Asian Games squad that was training in Muscat four years back.
She had escaped ban as the tests were conducted by the Sports Authority of India laboratory and could not be validated.
But that was not the first time that a finger had been pointed at Seema.
The Haryana girl had earlier won bronze in the world junior championship and a silver at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in 2006. She, however, failed to qualify for the Beijing Olympics.
This medal comes as an answer to her critics.
With Monday's clean sweep in women's discus, India have now won seven medals in athletics at the Games.
Vikas Gowda (men's discus) and M A Prajusha (women's long jump) have won a silver medal each, while Kavita Raut (women's 10,000m) and Harminder Singh (men's 20 km walk race) have won a bronze each.
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda congratulated the trio on their victory.