World Athletics Center’s Vikas Gowda has achieved a life long goal. He has won the Asian Championships in Discus.
The Championships took place last week in Pune,India. Vikas was born in India, and grew up in Maryland. He comes from a background of track and field and has become a prominent thrower at an international level.
Winning such a major title is proof that Vikas Gowda is ready to throw with the top guys in the world.
Vikas describes his Asian Championships experience as a bit shaky. He was nervous and tentative for the first round. He was in third place after the second round. He took the lead briefly in the third round and then solidified his lead and won the competition in the fourth round.
Vikas is thrilled to win his first major championship title. After years of competing at the Asian Games, Gowda is happy to win the title for his home country. Vikas has competed in these games since 2005. The closest he came to a title was in 2011, where he placed second. Gowda credits his success to hard work and dedication to the sport. He has been stationed in Phoenix, training at the World Athletics Center.
Gowda told WAC about his goals for this season prior to competing at the Asian Games , “ I am focusing on performing well at both the World Championships and the Asian Championships. I am looking forward to capitalizing on my training at both of these meets”.
A week after winning in India, the newly crowned Asian Games champion took fourth place at the Paris Diamond League at the Stade de France. With a throw of 64.45 in the third round, he sat in third place. After a fault in the fourth, he took fourth place and finished there.
To be in the top four among the world leaders is a great accomplishment but he claims he just getting started. Robert Harting of Germany (World and Olympic Champion) won the meet with 67.04m. He will be a tough competitor but Gowda is not shying away from capturing the Gold later on at World Championships. Gowda says he is taking the win from Asian Championships and using the confidence he’s gained for the World Champs.
In Daegu in 2011, Gowda placed 7th with 64.05. His all time personal best is 66.28m and he wishes to hit that mark to improve his place in Moscow. He is confident that his season is rolling and things will happen at the right time. Coach John Godina of the WAC/WTC says he is ready to step up and be a contender with the world leaders.
“Vikas has been training and competing well all year. It’s only a matter of time before he throws a personal best and I think he is ready for one just in time for Worlds”.
You can catch Vikas compete at the World Championships Monday, August 12th and Tuesday, August 13th.