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Discus thrower Gowda in medal hunt

The US-based Indian qualified for the men's final in his maiden attempt at the 18th Commonwealth Games.
None | By Press Trust of India, Melbourne
UPDATED ON MAR 21, 2006 06:43 PM IST

Discus thrower Vikas Gowda stayed in the medal hunt after qualifying for the men's final in his maiden attempt at the 18th Commonwealth Games here today.

The US-based Indian hurled the disc to 60.25 metres in his maiden effort to make the cut of 60 meters and finish overall fourth, and third in his heat.

Having made it to the final in one attempt, Gowda did not avail of the other two chances allowed in the event.

Gowda, who finished fifth in the men's shot put yesterday, is slated to feature in the discus final tomorrow.

The top two finishers in his Group A qualifying round local favourite Scott Martin and Dariusz Slowick of Canada threw the disc to 60.63m and 60.55m respectively.

In women's heptathlon, Sushmita Singha Roy clocked her personal best time of 14.01 seconds to take the third spot in the 100m hurdles in her heat.

Soma Biswas returned her season's best timing of 14.02 secs in the same heat, but had to be satisfied with the fourth position.

Roy earned 977 points while Biswas secured 976 points for her effort.

Another Indian in the fray, Olympian J J Shobha was sixth with 987 points being sixth after timing 13.94 secs in another heat.

In the next decathlon event, Roy ended up seventh in high jump where she lept 1.70 metres bagging 855 points.

Biswas gave her season's best figures of 1.64 metres pocketing 783 points for a 10th place finish and Shobha followed on 12th spot with 712 points after 1.58 m jump.

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