Vikas Gowda Wins Jamaican International Invitation

Vikas Gowda made India proud yet again with a gold medal winning effort of 65.14 metres at the Jamaican International Invitation event in Kingston, on Sunday.


Vikas Gowda won the gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games

Vikas Gowda’s Stellar Run

This has been the third time straight in as many weeks that Gowda has hurled his throws over the 65 metres mark. On 23rd April, he started off with a throw of 65.25 metres at Chula Vista, before following it up with an even more impressive throw of 65.75 metres at San Diego. His efforts at Chula Vista earned Vikas Gowda qualification for the World Championships to be held in Beijing in August, later this year.

Gold medal winner at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and silver medal winner at the 2014 Asian Games, Vikas Gowda, who is based in the United States, is yet to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Qualification benchmarks for the Rio Olympics are 66 metres and Gowda is yet to cross the mark. He however has a national record for hurling a throw of 66.28 metres.

Aside of Gowda, second and third places at Kingston were claimed by countryman Chad Wright and United States’ Jared Schuurmans respectively. Wright threw a distance of 61.84 metres, while Schuurmans threw a distance of 61.62 metres.

Other Successes by Indian Athletes

At the Sacramento State Open, Kamalpreet Singh won the hammer throw event, throwing at a distance of 69.61 metres. Kamalpreet Singh has the national record for throwing a distance of 70.38 metres, a feat which he had achieved at an invitational meet at the same locale, the Hornet Stadium, on 21st March earlier this year.

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