25 Jan, 2017:The Athletics Federation of India congratulates Olympian Vikas Gowda for being named upon Padma Shri Award by Govt. of India. The Govt. of India announced Padma Award 2017 on Wednesday 25th January 2017.
Discus Thrower Vikas has represented India at four consecutive Olympics- 2004 Athens, 2008 Beijing, 2012 London and 2016 Rio.
The athlete from Karnataka, Vikas also made India proud by winning two consecutive Gold Medals at the Asian Championships in Pune, India in 2013 and Wuhan, China 2015. He also won Gold Medal at Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014.
PERSONAL BEST – OUTDOOR
Shot Put- 19.62 Atlanta, GA 13 MAY 2006
Shot Put (6kg)- 19.30 Kingston, JAM 16 JUL 2002
Discus Throw- 66.28 Norman, OK 12 APR 2012
Discus Throw (1.750kg)- 56.93Kingston, JAM 17 JUL 2002
PERSONAL BEST – INDOOR
Shot Put- 19.60 Chapel Hill, NC 18 FEB 2005
Adillie Sumariwalla, President AFI congratulated Vikas Gowda on his achievement for being named for Padma Shree Award. “He is an inspiration for young athletes and more athletes will come forward for Athletics. His career is excellent and the best is yet to come. I also wish him for his future endeavors” stated Sumariwalla.