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Vikas Gowda registered his best-ever discus throw at the Olympics and finished a creditable eigth at the packed Olympic Stadium on Tuesday night. On a cold and windy night, when Robert Harting kept the German tradition of winning shot put intact, he registered the best throw of 68.27 metres in his fifth attempt.Silver went to Ehsan Hadadi in 64.18 metres and Gerd Kanter of Estonia had his seasons best 68.03 metres to clinch bronze.This is Gowdas third successive Olympics appearance and there is no doubt he has improved by leaps and bounds.People inside the arena stadium have been discussing Vikas Gowda as before this India never had a tradition in the field events.In a sport where there is no glamour at all unlike the track events, Vikas Gowda began with 64.79 metres before slipping to 60.95 metres in the second attempt.However, as the tall and burly shot putter had competed in the previous two Olympics in Athens and Beijing, he was not nervous at all.His fifth attempt was the next best at 64.48 metres but the 64.79 turned out to be the best.Though people have been critical of Gowda after the event, it is without reason. In Athens, Gowda registered a throw of 61.39 metres and Beijing was 60.69 metres.”I am not disappointed at all. It was a high quality final and I did my best in the conditions,” Gowda told Mail Today Sports Editor S. Kannan.In his view, his preparation for the London Olympics has been as good as it could be. “I had been training in the US and there is a clear improvement from where I started. I do think it’s a good sign that two Indian throwers made it to the Olympics finals,” he said.advertisementBefore this, Krishna Poonia had been in the women’s final.Vikas Gowda was inspired by his father Shiv Gowda and took to this sport, though his interest initially lay in basketball.Having migrated to the United States in 1989, the gentle powerhouse won the NCAA discus title in college in 2006.In between, Vikas did a degree in maths and has been taking tuitions to support his career.”For me, being in athletics is a dream which my dad nurtured,” said Vikas, with a strong American accent.Though he has represented India many times before, he came into prominence in the 2010 Commonwealth Games when he won a silver medal.To be sure, it was not easy for Vikas in the final. The expectation was he would go over 65 metres on Tuesday night, but stopped at 64.79 metres.”I will not complain about the weather and conditions. I think it was just fine. My explanation for not being able to throw more is I guess my body turn was slow. I don’t know why that happened,” said Vikas.It has been a tough life for the NRI as he has loans to pay-off and train as well.He takes maths tuitions back home and it’s only in recent times he is getting backing from the Olympic Gold Quest. “It has been a tough fight overall,” said Gowda.Meanwhile, Robert Harting described his wining moment as “golden.””It was worth all these years of fight and struggle. Because of my injuries, I have changed a lot the last three years,” he said.Harting is not looking too far ahead at the future. “I will see what the press writes about me and my gold and after that I will make my deicison. Yes, Rio will be nice and warm,” said the German.