National record holder Vikas Gowda finished a creditable sixth in mens discus throw while Tintu Luka ended eighth in the womens 800m race in the first leg of the Samsung Diamond League series here on Friday. Gowda,who has already qualified for the London Olympics,came up with a decent effort of 64.10m which,however,was below his personal best.
The United States-based Indian athelete had recently come up with an impressive throw of 66.28m in a meet at Norman,Oklahoma,to top the world list for a brief period. Olympics silver medallist Malachowski Piotr of Poland won the event with a throw of 67.53m while reigning Asian champion Ehsan Hadadi of Iran and Zoltan Kovago of Hungary bagged the silver and bronze respectively,with efforts of 66.32m and 65.77m.
However,it was disappointment for Luka,who clocked 2:01.09. She could not touch the London Olympics A qualification standard of 1:59.90,though she has already qualified with the B standard of 2:01.30. Olympic gold medallist Jelimo Pamela of Kenya won in 1:56.94. Magiso Manedo Fantu of Ethiopia and Kenyas Jepkosgei Janeth bagged silver (1:57.90) and bronze (1:58.50).
Gatlin fastest in 100
Justin Gatlin nipped Jamaicas Asafa Powell at the line to win the 100m in a time of 9.87 seconds. Powell got off to the faster start but Gatlin pulled even and managed to get his head in front as they crossed the line. American Allyson Felix won the 100 with a meet record of 10.92,edging Jamaicas reigning world 200 champion Veronica Campbell-Brown by .02 seconds. Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was third,a further .06 back.