Vikas Shive Gowda (born 5 July 1983) is an Indian discus thrower and shot putter. Born in Mysore, he grew up in Frederick, Maryland in the United States. His father, Shive, coached the 1988 Indian Olympic track team. Vikas Gowda is a Padma Shri awardee in 2017.
Gowda in 2011
|Full name||Vikas Shive Gowda|
|Born||5 July 1983|
Mysore, Karnataka, India
|Height||205 cm (6 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||135 kg (298 lb) (2016)|
|Club||North Carolina Tar Heels|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||66.28 m NR|
|Updated on 6 July 2017.|
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  and finished eighth in the final.
He won his first gold medal in Asian Championships in 2013 in Pune, with a throw of 64.90 meters. He won the discus throw event at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, which made him the second Indian man to win a Commonwealth gold medal, 56 years after Milkha Singh.
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