Vikas Gowda settled for a silver in men's discus throw as he failed to mount any serious challenge to his old nemesis Ehsan Hadadi of Iran while Tintu Luka qualified for the women's 800m race final on the fourth day of athletics competitions in the Asian Games here.
Mired in selection controversies and devoid of a Khel Ratna for the first time in 20 years, the National Sports Awards were on Friday presented by President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhawan here in a ceremony which was severely short on star power.
`Sprint Queen` P T Usha feels "frustrated sometimes" at the lack of corporate interest in athletics and said despite running from pillar to post, she has failed to find a sponsor for her protege Tintu Luka.
Indian runner Tintu Luka ran her heart out only to finish sixth in the Olympic women`s 800 metre semifinals while high jumper Sahana Kumari and wrestler Geeta Phogat fell flat at the first hurdle in the games here Thursday.
India`s MC Mary Kom scripted history by becoming the country`s first woman boxer to win a medal at the Olympics when she finished with a bronze in the 51kg event at the London Olympics 2012 on Wednesday.