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Vikas Gowda set to defend discus throw title in Asian Athletics Championships

Apart from Vikas Gowda, two other Indians will take part in men’s discus throw at the Asian Athletics Championships.

other sports Updated: Jul 05, 2017 13:18 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
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Indian discus thrower Vikas Gowda is set to defend his title at the Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneswar from July 6 to 9.(Getty Images)

Defending champion Vikas Gowda will take the field in men’s discus throw on the opening day of Asian Athletics Championships that gets underway here from Thursday.

The US-based thrower is among three Indians in fray for the throwing competition. Kirpal Singh and Dharamraj Yadav are the other two. Except Gowda the other two Indians haven’t crossed the 60-metre mark. In 2015, Gowda had won the title with a throw of 62.03m. His personal best is 66.28m, set in 2012.

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Besides men’s discus throw, national champion S Shiva, whose personal best is 5.20m, will be the one to watch out for in men’s pole vault. India is fielding only athlete in this event.

In women’s long jump schedule for the first day, Nayana James, V Neena and G Karthika are in fray for title.

In shot put Manpreet Kaur, national champion, will look forward to carry on her good work. She has already achieved the entry standard of 17.75m during the Asian Grand Prix meet in April in China.

Chief national coach Bahadur Singh is expecting a good result. “She (Manpreet) has a good chance of winning a gold on home soil,” he said.

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Ramanpreet Kaur and Anamika Das are other two throwers in the field.

In track events, both men and women’s 5,000m races are scheduled for the opening day.

National champion L Suriya and Sanjivani Jadhav will take the field in the women’s group while G Lakshmanan, currently the best distance track runner, and Murli Kumar Gavit are in the men’s section.

In the last edition at Wuhan, China, Lakshmanan had won a bronze. This time he is hoping to move up the ladder.

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“The field will be strong. It will be good chance to push hard in the race. My training has gone on expected lines and I am looking forward to a good performance,” he said.

First Published: Jul 05, 2017 13:18 IST