Daegu (South Korea): India`s Vikas Gowda qualified for his maiden finals in the World Championships with a creditable 63.99m effort in the men`s discus throw qualification round on Monday.
Gowda hurled the disc to 63.99m in his second attempt to qualify for tomorrow`s finals as the eighth best out of 12 to made the grade. His effort, though, was below his season`s best of 64.91m, which he recorded at Chula Vista in United States in June.
Commonwealth Games silver medallist Gowda took part in the World Championships in 2005 and 2007 but could not go beyond the qualifying round. He holds the national record of 64.96m which he recorded in 2007.
On Sunday, woman long jumper Mayookha Johny qualified for the finals, but finished ninth with a below-par 6.37m. She is also taking part in the qualification round of the triple jump event on Tuesday.