Indian Track & Field Champion: Vikas Gowda

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi.

Vikas Gowda first burst on the scene at the  2002 World Junior Championships in Jamaica, where he finished 12th in Discus Throw and 8th in the Shot Put.
But the turning point in Gowda’s career came when he moved to Maryland in the United States and his growth as a discus thrower began when he clinched the 2006 NCAA National Championship title.

In his maiden Commonwealth Games appearance, Gowda finished 6th in the Discus throw and 5th in the Shot Put and in the Asian Games, the very same year, again finished in the 6th position.

Gowda didn’t have a great time in his maiden Summer Games in Beijing in 2008 whereHis breakaway performance at the international stage came when he clinched the bronze at the following Asian Games in Guangzhou in 2010, with an effort of 63.13m and then backed that performance up with a even better show at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, clinching the Silver medal with a throw of 63.69m.

In the Asian Championships, that followed  next year, Gowda won yet another Silver medal but in the very same year, he had a disappointing World Championships, finishing 7th with an effort of 64.05m.
Gowda suffered back-to-back disappointments at the Olympics when he finished in the 8th position in London in 2012, but the Asian Championships in Pune were back to his rescue the following year as he clinched a Gold with a performance of 64.90m
He carried forward his good show at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last year, winning the Gold once again, with an effort of 63.64m, thereby becoming only the second athlete after Milkha Singh to win an individual medal at the Games.
In the Asian Games that followed in Incheon, Gowda won yet another medal, this time a silver with an effort of 62.58m. He recently won yet another Gold at the Asian Championships, that were held in Wuhan, China with an effort of 62.03m

Having tasted success at almost every level of competition, Gowda will be hoping that he can secure the Olympic medal in Rio next year and fulfill any athlete’s most sought-after ambition.