Moscow: India’s Vikas Gowda settled for a 7th-place finish with a moderate throw in the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships here on Tuesday. Gowda, the Asian champion and national record holder, hurled the discus to 64.03m which he achieved in his fourth attempt.
He had cleared 64.90m in the Asian Championships in Pune last month. The US -based Indian’s series read 63.41, foul throw, 62.20, 64.03, 63.67 and 63.64. His national record stands at 66.28m.
Earlier in the day, Khusbir Kaur finished a distant 39th but still improved on her own national record in the women’s 20km walk.
The 20-year-old Khusbir clocked 1 hour 34 minutes and 28 seconds to finish 39th in the 62-athlete field, cutting down three minutes from her earlier national mark of 1:37:28 which she created in Patiala last year. On Wednesday, two Indians — Basanta Bahadur Rana and Sandeep Kumar — will take part in the men’s 50km walk.
National record holder and reigning Asian champion Gowda had qualified for the final with a throw of 63.64m on Monday. He had won the gold at the Asian Athletics Championships in Pune last month, his first in the event.
Earlier in the World Championships, the Indian campaign was begun by Asian Games gold medal winner Sudha Singh. But she failed to qualify in the 3000m steeplechase, finishing a dismal 12th in her heats. (Agencies)