|Birth: 5th July 1983, Mysore, Karnataka, India
|Personal best: outdoor: 66.28 m|
Event – Discus Throw
Vikas Gowda is the top Indian discus thrower. He finished 8th at the London 2012 Olympics and created history by becoming the first Indian ever to enter the finals of a throwing event in the Olympics. He also finished 7th at the World Championships in Russia (2013) and Daegu (2011). He won the Gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014 and the Silver medal at the Asian Games 2014 in Incheon.
Born in Mysore, he grew up in Frederick, Maryland in the United States. His personal best is 66.28 meters,which is also a National Record, achieved in April 2012 in Oklahoma. He also finished a creditable seventh in the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Daegu in 2011;Thus, he became the first Indian male athlete ever to reach the finals of World Championships. He won a bronze medal at the New York Grand Prix 2012, becoming the first Indian ever to win a medal in the prestigious Diamond League.
He won silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi in 2010 and bronze medal at the Asian Games in China in 2010. He contested at the 2008 Beijing Olympics but failed to reach the finals after finishing 11th in the qualifiers, with a throw of 60.69 m.
His father Shiv Gowda coached the Indian Olympic Track and Field Team in 1988 at the Seoul Olympics. Vikas is currently majoring in Maths at the University of North Carolina. He has been a stellar athlete for them winning several titles and accolades at the college level (NCAA) and breaking several records in the process. He currently trains under 4 times World Champion John Godina at the World Throwing Center in Phoenix.