Vikas Gowda enters the Discus Throw final at the IAAF World Championships

Modified 27 Aug 2015
Vikas Gowda through to the final

India’s Vikas Gowda qualified for the finals of the Discus Throw event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing on Thursday. the 32-year-old put forth an effort of 63.86m  in the qualification round thereby finishing 4th in his group and 7th in the overall qualification.

Fedrick Dacres of Jamaica finished first with an effort of 65.77m followed by Piotr Malachowski of Poland who threw a distance of 65.59m while Gerd Kanter of Estonia finished third with an effort of 64.78m.

This is the second time that Gowda has made it to the final of a World Championships. At the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, he put forth an effort of 64.05m in the final which saw him finish in 7th position.

However, his qualifying effort was way past his Seasons’ Best distance of 65.75m, which he achieved at the Triton Invitational in La Jolla in April. He would be hoping to put forth a similar effort in the final which is scheduled to take place on Saturday and hopefully, seal the much-needed Rio Olympics berth.

Published 27 Aug 2015, 10:06 IST
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