Vikas Gowda, 33, is an Indian discus thrower. He was born on 5th July 1983 in Mysore and he grew up in Frederick, Maryland in the United States. His father, His father, Shive, coached the 1988 Indian Olympic track team.
An alumnus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the 2006 US NCAA National Champion in discus, the discuss thrower has a personal best score of 66.28 m NR which he achieved in 2012. Gowda’s throws, however, have recently suffered a slight dip as he sets his eyes on the Rio Olympics.
Career highlights: This 6’ 9’’ 33-year-old Mysore-born but US-based athlete Vikas Gowda currently holds the national record by virtue of his massive throw of 66.28 meters at Norman, USA, in 2012. His biggest claim to fame, however, came at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow where he scooped up the gold medal after achieving a distance of 63.64m.
Record: Vikas Gowda’s personal best throw is 66.28 meters which is also Indian national record in discus throw, achieved in 2012.
Qualification: Vikas Gowda made a cut in Rio 2016 Olympics after the cut off mark for the men’s discus throw for Rio Games was 66.00 meters but a few days back the IAAF Council decided to lower it to 65.00 metres, which Gowda had crossed in the Jamaican Invitational Athletics Meet in May.
Event: Vikas Gowda will represent India in Discuss throw event at Rio 2016 Olympics
Schedule: Men’s Discus Throw qualifying round is scheduled to take place on 12th August