Pune, July 5: Vikas Gowda, ace discuss thrower clinched the first gold medal for India as the home team won three medals on the second day to make their presence in the 20th Asian Athletic Championships on Thursday.
Gowda threw the iron disc at a mark of 64.90m in his fourth attempt to win his first gold of the Asian Championships and with this win he also booked a berth in upcoming World's Championships in Mascow next month. He had also won silver each in the 2005 and 2011 edition.
Vikas Gowda in action
Vikas Gowda from India, throwing the iron disc in the Asian Athletics Championships in Pune.
Vikas Gowda with the Tri-colour Indian Flag
Vikas Gowda celebrates on winning the gold medal for India in the discus throw at the Asian Athletics Championships in Pune.
India's Vikas Gowda wins gold medal for India
Discuss thrower, India's Vikas Gowda with the gold medal in the Asian Athletics Championships in Pune.
400m race at Asian Athletic Championship
Zhao Yanmin of China (in the centre) , Poovamma (extreme right) of India and Taslakian Gretta from Lebanon (extreme left) winner of the the gold, silver and bronze medals respectively in 400m race in the Asian Athletics Championships in Pune.
Su Bingtain of China wins 100m race
Su Bingtain of China (in the centre) won gold in the 100m mens in the Asian Athletics Championships in Pune.
Sushmita Roy clears the bar in the Womens Hepthalon
Sushmita Roy clears the bar in the Womens Hepthalon during the Asian Athletic Championships being played in Pune.
Wassana Winatho of Thailand
Wassana Winatho of Thailand reacts on reaching her personal best and leading the table in the Women's Heptathalon event at the Asian Athletics Championships in Pune.
In the other events M R Poovamma won Silver in women's 400m race while Ratiram Saini bagged bronze in men's 10,000m race.
After two days of the event, India is in fourth position in the medal tally with 1 gold, 1 silver and three bronze while China leads the medals tally with five gold, two silver and one bronze.
(with agency inputs)