Indias top discus thrower Gowda came up with a below-par performance on Tuesday night to finish a disappointing eighth in the final round of the mens discus throw event with an effort of 64.79m at the Olympic Stadium. The 29-year-old Gowda,who had qualified for the final round with a throw of 65.20m,surprisingly could not even cross 65m mark late last night when it mattered the most,much to the dismay of the Indian contingent who were hoping for a better show from him.
The US-based Gowdas first attempt of 64.79m turned out to be his best throw as he found the cold conditions and the intermittent drizzle too tough to deal with. The Indian was no where near his personal best of 66.28m.
Germanys reigning world champion Robert Harting clinched the coveted gold medal by hurling the disc to a distance of 68.27m while Irans Ehsan Hadadi took the silver with a throw of 68.18m. Defending champion Gerd Kanter of Estonia had to be content with the bronze with a seasons best throw of 68.03m.