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Gowda seventh in the world

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Vikas Gowda.— PHOTO: PTI
Vikas Gowda.— PHOTO: PTI

Indian athlete Vikas Gowda is seventh among men’s discus throwers in the world, according to world athletics rankings released by All-Athletics.com on July 16.

He won gold at the 20th Asian athletics championship in Pune and followed it up with fourth place at the IAAF Diamond Series in Paris this month.

Germany’s world champion Robert Harting is No. 1 (1366 points). Gowda has accumulated 1236 points.

The world’s top 10 list includes two Germans (Harting and No. 5 Martin Wierig), two from Poland (No. 2 Piotr Malachowski and No. 9 Robert Urbanek). Iran’s Ehsan Hadadi is the highest-ranked Asian at fourth with 1306 points.

Gowda gained automatic qualification for next month’s World athletics championship in Moscow by winning the title at AAC and is currently training under former world shot put champion John Godina at Arizona’s World Throws Centre.

Gowda’s next international competition prior to World athletics is the London leg of IAAF Diamond Series (July 26, 2013).

Men’s discus top 10: 1. Robert Harting (Ger) 1366 points, 2. Piotr Malachowski (Pol) 1328, 3. Gerd Kanter (Est) 1317, 4. Ehsan Hadadi (IRI) 1306, 5. Martin Wierig (Ger) 1274, 6. Virgilijus Alekna (Lit) 1255, 7. Vikas Gowda (Ind) 1236, 8. Yennifer Frank Casanas (Esp) 1232, 9. Robert Urbanek (Pol) 1222, 10. Erik Cadee (Ned) 1219.

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