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Name SHIVE GOWDA Vikas Gowda
NOC IND - India India Date of Birth 05 JUL 1983
Residence Gender Male
Height 206 cm Weight 140 kg
Discipline Athletics

Athletics

Result
Date Time Event Phase Results
Rank Time Record
30 SEP 2014 18:40 Men's Discus Throw Final Final 2 62.58

Competition Highlights

RankEventYearLocationResult
Asian Games
3Discus Throw2010Guangzhou, CHN63.13
6Discus Throw2006Doha, QAT58.28
7Shot Put2006Doha, QAT18.09
Olympic Games
8Discus Throw2012London, GBR64.79
22Discus Throw2008Beijing, CHN60.69
World Championships
7Discus Throw2013Moscow, RUS64.03
7Discus Throw2011Daegu, KOR64.05
17Discus Throw2007Osaka, JPN61.22
Diamond League
2Discus Throw2014Doha, QAT63.23
2Discus Throw2012New York, NY, USA64.86
4Discus Throw2013Paris Saint-Denis, FRA64.45
5Discus Throw2014Birmingham, GBR62.78
5Discus Throw2012Doha, QAT64.10
6Discus Throw2013Stockholm, SWE61.66
6Discus Throw2013Eugene, OR, USA63.30
6Discus Throw2013Shanghai, CHN61.97
6Discus Throw2012Brussels, BEL63.67
7Discus Throw2014Brussels, BEL62.90
7Discus Throw2014Rome, ITA62.42
8Discus Throw2014New York, NY, USA61.49
8Discus Throw2013London, GBR63.49
10Discus Throw2013Zurich, SUI58.45
World Challenge
1Discus Throw2013Kingston, JAM61.38
4Discus Throw2012Zagreb, CRO64.06
5Discus Throw2014Hengelo, NED64.47
6Discus Throw2014Berlin, GER62.49
Asian Championships
1Discus Throw2013Pune, IND64.90
2Discus Throw2011Kobe, JPN61.58
Commonwealth Games
1Discus Throw2014Glasgow, GBR63.64

Detailed Information

Biography
Occupation Athlete
Higher education Mathematics - University of North Carolina, United States
Languages Spoken English
Club John Godina World Throws Center, Phoenix, AZ, USA
Coach John Godina [club], USA; Shiv Gowda [personal], IND (newindianexpress.com, 16 Jul 2014; india.com, 16 Jul 2014)
Plays Right (iaaf.org, 21 Mar 2012)
Sporting / famous Relatives His father Shiv coached the India national athletics team at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul. (olympicgoldquest.in, 29 Aug 2013)
International debut 2005 for India, Asian Championships (Incheon) (hindu.com, 02 Sep 2005)
Additional Information Reason for taking up this sport
"I started in long jump but when I was 11 my dad switched me to throwing and here I am." (articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com, 08 Sep 2011)

Ambitions
To win at least a silver medal at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, Korea. (indiatimes.com, 13 May 2014)

Training
He throws three to four times a week and also lifts weights and sprints. His training days last approximately six hours. (sportskeeda.com, 11 Jun 2014)

Most influential person in career
His father. "My dad has used up all his savings to help me train." (articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com, 08 Sep 2011)

Awards
He received the Arjuna Award in 2014 and 2011. (firstpost.com, 13 Aug 2014; sports.ndtv.com, 29 Aug 2011)

In 2009, he was voted Gatorade Track and Field Athlete of the Year in Maryland, United States and earned All-American honours in the discus and shot put. (tarheelblue.cstv.com, 18 Feb 2010)

General
NATIONAL FIRSTS
His second-place finish at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India, was India's first medal in men's discus in Commonwealth Games history. At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, he became the first ever Indian athlete to reach the finals of a throwing event at an Olympic Games. (buzzytimes.com, 11 Oct 2010; sportskeeda.com, 04 Jun 2014)

HISTORIC ACHIEVEMENT
When he won the discus event at the National Collegiate Athletic Association [NCAA] Championships in May 2006, he became the second Indian to win an NCAA title. The first was triple jumper Mohinder Singh Gill, who had won back-to-back gold medals in 1970 and 1971. (The Hindu, 11 Jun 2006)

USA CLUBS
He found it difficult to make the financial transition from college sports, with the University of North Carolina, to the John Godina World Throws Center. "While I was in college they took care of all my expenses but once I graduated the burden was on me and my dad to keep going. It became tougher after I joined the John Godina World Throws Center, shelling out 95,000 USD." (articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com, 08 Sep 2011; tarheelblue.com, 02 Sep 2011)

FAMILY DREAM
He was born in India and migrated to the United States in 1989. He got into athletics through the influence of his father, and despite being well known for breaking American collegiate records he was a virtual unknown in his native India at the time. "My father always had a plan for me. He wanted me to take up athletics and eventually represent India at the Olympics." (indianexpress.com, 22 Jul 2004)

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