At 6′ 7″, Vikas Gowda walks like a king, and yesterday at Beijing, he cemented his position as one in Indian athletics, qualifying for the finals of the discus throw event, with an impressive mark of 63.86 meters. Bolt bolted past Gatlin, and it looks like we’re in for an overdose of “good versus evil” hyperbole again. Sports Rediscovered brings this and more in its review of day 6 at the Beijing World Athletics Championships.
Vikas Gowda went through to the discus throw finals scheduled for the penultimate day of the championships, on the 29th of this month. Gowda flung the disc a mammoth distance of 63.86 meters in his first attempt itself, and went on to follow it up with a throw of 63.84 meters. The Asian Athletics champions‘s win comes as welcome news, given Tintu Luka’s disappointing performance yesterday.
In the men’s triple jump event, American Christian Taylor took gold with a jump of 18.21 meters, while Cuban star Pedro Pichardo (17.73 metres) and Portugal’s Nelson Evora (17.52) took silver and bronze respectively.
It was a good day for the Americans on the tracks. The 400 meters women’s finals saw Allyson Felix stop the clocks at 49.26 seconds,the fastest in the world this year to take her maiden gold in the event. She was followed by Bahamas’ Shaunae Miller, who clocked a personal best of 49.67 seconds, and Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson, who took bronze with a personal best reading of 49.99 seconds.
As on day 6 of the World Athletics championships, Kenya leads the table with 11 medals (6 Gold, 3 Silver,2 Bronze), USA has replaced Great Britain at the second position with 12 medals (3 Gold, 4 Silver, 5 Bronze), while Jamaica is placed third with 5 medals (3 Gold and 2 Silver). Britain has been pushed to fourth place, with three medals in its kitty.
Stay tuned to Sports Rediscovered for more news from Beijing’s Bird’s Nest stadium.