Vikas GOWDA

India IND

Athletics

  • Games participations
    4
  • First Olympic Games
    Athens 2004
  • Year of Birth
    1983
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Biography

Vikas GOWDA

Vikas Gowda is the Indian discus thrower who hurled himself into Indian athletics stardom, gracing four Olympic Games before his retirement in 2018.

Born in Mysore on 5th July 1983, Vikas Gowda moved to Maryland in the United States when he was six years old. He initially thought to build a career in shot put but his huge frame made him better suited for discus throw, the sport where he ultimately earned a lot of accolades.

Athletics was a natural path for Vikas - his father Shive Gowda was a part of the backroom staff for the Indian track and field athletes at the 1988 Olympics.

Vikas Gowda first turned heads at the 2002 IAAF World Junior Championships and went to the Athens 2004 Olympics as a rookie.

Athens proved to be a good learning experience for Gowda, as he finished in a highly respectable 15th place.

That result helped propel him to silver at the 2005 Asian Championship before he shattered the Indian national record with a throw of 64.69 metres at the NCAA Championships the following year.

But Gowda's upward trajectory was checked at the next Olympics, as the impact of injury and absence of a coach saw him fail to make the final.

Finishing Beijing 2008 in 22nd position, Gowda took decisive action to get his career on track.

The Indian shifted to Arizona to train at the then newly-formed John Godina World Throws Center and the results started flowing quickly.

A silver at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and bronze at the Asian Games came his way in 2010 - but it was 2012 when Gowda really hit peak form.

At a meet in the US, he threw 66.28m to create a new national record, eclipsing his previous one by almost two metres.

A genuine medal contender for London 2012, Gowda looked good in the qualification round as he produced the best throw of his group.

However, he could not quite find his best form in the final round, having to settle for eighth place with a best effort of 64.79m.

At the next edition of the Commonwealth Games though, Gowda climbed to the top spot of the podium in an historic moment for Indian athletics.

At Glasgow 2014, Vikas became the second Indian male to win a Commonwealth gold, 56 years after the legendary sprinter Milka Singh had managed it.

Hampered by a shoulder injury, Gowda still made the cut for the Rio 2016 Olympics after revision of entry standards, but could not perform to his fullest potential and finished in 25th position.

With a knee problem also nagging him, the discus thrower finally decided to call time on his career in 2018. At 34 years old, he reasoned that he did not want to ‘punish’ his body anymore.

Gowda enrolled in a business studies course following his retirement to realize his love for numbers, a passion which led him to graduate in mathematics from the University of North Carolina.

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Rio 2016

#28 r1/2
Discus Throw
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London 2012

#8
Discus Throw
Discus Throw Athletics
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Beijing 2008

#22 r1/2
Discus Throw
Discus Throw Athletics
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Athens 2004

#14 r1/2
Discus Throw
Discus Throw Athletics

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