Vikas Gowda

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Vikas Gowda
Personal information
Full name Vikas Shive Gowda
Nationality Indian
Born (1983-07-05) 5 July 1983 (age 32)
Mysore, Karnataka, India
Height 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in)
Weight 140 kg (310 lb; 22 st) (2014)
Country  India
Sport Track and field
Event(s) Discus throw
Team India
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) outdoor: 66.28 m NR
(April 2012)
Updated on 23 August 2015.

Vikas Gowda (Kannada:ವಿಕಾಸ್ ಗೌಡ) (born 5 July 1983) is an Indian discus thrower and Shot putter.[1] Born in Mysore, he grew up in Frederick, Maryland in the United States. His father, Shive, coached the 1988 Indian Olympic track team.

He is an alumnus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the 2006 US NCAA National Champion in discus.[2]

His personal best throw is 66.28 meters which is also Indian national record in discus throw, achieved in 2012. He contested at the 2008 Beijing Olympics but failed to reach the finals after finishing 22nd in the qualifiers, with a throw of 60.69 m. In 2012 London Olympics, Vikas qualified for the finals, at the fifth place, with a throw of 65.20 m [3][4] and finished 8th in the finals.

He won his first gold medal in Asian Championships in 2013 in Pune, with a throw of 64.90 meters.[5] He is supported by Olympic Gold Quest.[6] In shot put his personal record stands on 19.62 meters.

His best moment came when he clinched the Gold for India in the 2014 Commonwealth Games with a throw of 63.64m, which made him the second Indian man to win athletics gold, 56 years after Milkha Singh, won the men's 440 yards at the Cardiff 1958 Games.[7]

After the qualification standard was lowered, he has qualified for the 2016 Olympics in the discus, making this is 4th Olympic games.[8]

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  India
2002 World Junior Championships Kingston, Jamaica 8th Shot put (6 kg) 19.30 m
12th Discus (1.75 kg) 54.46 m
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 15th Discus 61.39 m
2005 Asian Championships Incheon, South Korea 2nd Discus 62.84 m
2006 Commonwealth Games Melbourne, Australia 5th Shot put 18.46 m
6th Discus 60.08 m
Asian Games Doha, Qatar 6th Discus 58.28 m
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 22nd Discus 60.69 m
2010 Asian Games Guangzhou, China 3rd Discus 63.13 m
Commonwealth Games New Delhi, India 2nd Discus 63.69 m
2011 Asian Championships Kobe, Japan 2nd Discus 61.58 m
World Championships Daegu, South Korea 7th Discus 64.05 m
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 8th Discus 64.79 m
2013 Asian Championships Pune, India 1st Discus 64.90 m
2014 Commonwealth Games Glasgow, United Kingdom 1st Discus 63.64 m
Asian Games Incheon, South Korea 2nd Discus 62.58 m
2015 Asian Championships Wuhan, China 1st Discus 62.03 m
World Championships Beijing, China 9th Discus 62.24 m

See also[edit]


  1. ^ IAAF Profile
  2. ^ Tar Heels' Vikas Gowda wins discus title
  3. ^ "Gowda makes the cut for the discus throw final". The Times Of India. Retrieved 06-08-2012.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  4. ^ "London Olympics 2012 Discus Throw Results". Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Vikas Gowda wins first gold for India at Asian Athletics Championships - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 
  6. ^ Srinivasan, Kamesh (07-08-2012). "Gowda makes the cut for discus throw final". The Hindu (Chennai, India).  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. ^ "Vikas Gowda is first Indian man to clinch athletics gold in 56 years". India Today. 2 August 2014. Retrieved 2014-08-02. 
  8. ^