Vikas Gowda Wins Triton Invitational

Indian discus thrower Vikas Gowda’s fine form continues. Just a few days after confirming a berth at the prestigious World Championships to be held in August, Gowda added yet another feather to his cap.

Vikas threw the discus to a distance of 65.75m to reign supreme at the Triton Invitational at La Jolla in San Diego, USA on Sunday. While Jamaican Chad Wright secured the second place with an effort of 65.03m, Erik Cadee of the Netherlands was adjudged third with 64.45m.

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Vikas Gowda: Steady improvement

Steady improvement in 2015 for Vikas Gowda

The 31-year-old Vikas Gowda is continuing from where he left last season. The Mysore-born discus thrower who won the Commonwealth Games gold and the Asian Games silver in 2014, has been steadily improving with his performances in 2015.

His first event at the Mesa Classic in Arizona, saw him hurling the discus to 63.88m to win the gold. At the US Olympic Training Centre in San Diego where he qualified for the World Championships, he achieved a distance of 65.25m. And now he has added another half metre to produce his season’s best at the Triton Invitational.

25cm short of Rio Olympic qualifying mark

Unfortunately though, his performance is still 25cm short of the Rio Olympics qualifying mark which is set at 66m. Vikas who has a national record of 66.90m, had earlier voiced his displeasure over the 1m disparity between the World Championships qualifying criterion (65m) and the Rio Olympics criterion.

“I don’t know why they keep pushing up the standard for discus.”

Let us hope Vikas Gowda can keep up the good work this season and can attain the Rio Olympic qualifying mark soon.




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