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14th IAAF World Championships in Athletics

14th IAAF World Championships in AthleticsKhushbir improved national mark in walk, while Gowda repeats the Daegu act in discus

Moscow, Russia – 13 August 2013
Khushbir Kaur improved more than three minutes to her national record in the women’s 20km race walk.  She clocked an impressive 1:34:28 while finished 39th out of 62 started the race on Tuesday morning.  The 20-year-old Indian was lying at 45th place in the first 5km and went one place up in the next 44th before making yet another improved 42nd position at the 15km mark.

Khushbir was a bronze medallist in last year’s Asian junior championships at Colombo in the 10000m race walk.  She sets her maiden national record of 1:37:28 while winning the Federation Cup at Patiala in 2012, that she bettered today.

Walkers from hosts Russia took the top two spots through Elena Lashmanova (1:27:08) and Anisya Kirdyapkina (1:27:11).  China’s Liu Hong earned the bronze in 1:28:10 ahead of teammate Sun Huanhuan—who finished fourth in 22 secs later.

Earlier in the men’s race on Sunday (11 Aug) national record-holder K.T. Irfan had a disappointing disqualification after lying 6th in 10km mark and 8th at 13km.  Two other Indians on the fray, Gurmeet Singh (1:26:47) and Chandan Singh (1:26:51) finished 33rd and 34th respectively.

Vikas Gowda seventh in discus throw

Asian champion Vikas Gowda started with a moderate 63.41m in the evening as the 12 men field consisting the reigning and former World and Olympic champions opened their medal quest at Luzhniki Stadium.

Vikas (30), delivered an improvised 64.03m on the fourth round that remained as his best of the day and put him on the seventh place—the same position he got two years ago in Daegu with a 64.05m throw.

It was Gowda’s fourth World championships after took part in 2005, 2007 and 2011.  Last year at the London Olympics he was placed eighth with an effort of 64.79m.  He is holding the national record of 66.28m set last year in Norman, United States.  A 66+ could have earned him a place on the podium in Moscow as Estonian Gerd Kanter—the Daegu silver medallist—won the bronze this evening with a throw of 65.19m.

Olympic and World champion Robert Harting of Germany successfully defends his title with an amazing 69.11m while Piotr Malachowski (Poland) hurled the disc to a fantastic 68.36m for the silver.

On the first day of competition (Sat, 10 Aug) Asian Games champion Sudha Singh finished 12th in her heats (23rd overall) of the women’s 3000m steeplechase clocking 9:51.05 and fails to advance to the finals.

/ Ram. Murali Krishnan /

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