A few days after a trio of Indian race walkers qualified for the Rio Olympics, there is some more good news for Indian athletics. Commonwealth Games champion discus thrower Vikas Gowda has qualified for the prestigious World Championships with his season’s best throw of 65.25m in a competition at the US Olympic Training Centre in San Diego, California. The criterion for a berth at the Beijing World Championships to be held in August was 65.00m.
The marquee Indian discus thrower was relieved to attain the qualifying mark and said it eased the pressure off him.
Vikas Gowda confident ahead of World Championships
Vikas Gowda who had a great season last year that saw him pocketing the Asian Games silver and the Commonwealth Games gold, is upbeat about his chances at the elite World Championships. Even though the field will be tough, the two-time World Championships finalist is confident of giving his best.
“I want to get closer to a medal and it’s going to be a dream (to get a) medal. I know it’s going to be really tough but I’m confident of reaching there. I’m going to take it day by day.”
With Olympic qualification places up for grabs, it is a stern test for any athlete this season and Vikas is aware of the challenge ahead.
“This season is going to be big, especially with the World Championships and the Olympics next year. So it will be a big fight when we get to the Worlds.”
Vikas to defend Asian Championships gold
In order to fine-tune his preparations for the world meet, the 31-year-old aims to participate at the Asian Championships and a few Diamond League meets. Gowda is the defending champion at the Asian meet scheduled to be held in Wuhan, China in June.
The USA-based Gowda had begun the 2015 season in an impressive fashion. In his first event, Vikas had thrown the discus to a distance of 63.88m to win the gold at the Mesa Classic in Arizona.
Let us hope Vikas Gowda can continue to bring more laurels for India.