India’s Vikas Gowda was eliminated from the Discus throw final after finishing n 9th position with a best of 62.24m after the first three attempts at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing on Saturday.
The 32-year-old Mysore-born athlete fired in a shot of 60.23m that placed in 8th spot after round one. The situation worsened after round 2 as Gowda found himself in ninth spot. He was back to eighth after the third throw with a throw of 62.24m and eventually finished in the last position.
Gowda finished the qualification in 7th place with an effort of 63.86m and qualified for this second World Championships final courtesy that effort. He became only the second Indian to progress through to the final in the 2011 edition of the Championships where he finished in 7th position in the final with a throw of 64.05m.
This comes as a big blow for the Indian, not just with respect to missing out on a World Championships medal but also with regards to qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics.