Keshavan wins gold at Asian Luge Championship

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Nagano (Japan): Veteran Indian star Shiva Keshavan won the gold medal at the Asian Luge Championship here on Friday.

Keshavan dominated the event and finished the two-heat race with a time of 1 minute, 39.962 seconds and top speed of 130.4 kilometres per hour.

Japan’s Tanaka Shohei came second with a combined time of 1:44.874 and a top speed of 124.6 kmph.

The bronze medal went to Taiwan’s Lien Te-An who clocked 1:45.12 with a top speed of 126.3 kmph.

It was a turnaround of events for Keshavan who had a tumultuous lead-up to the event at the Spiral Olympic Track.

Earlier this week, after clocking the best time in training, Keshavan suffered a crash at over 130 kmph in which he broke his sled, suffered tendon damage on his left foot and missed part of the official training.

Earlier this year, Keshavan was forced to withdraw from the 2016 World Championships due to lack of funds.

“I was determined to not let anything deter me from the gold medal this time, so despite all the obstacles I decided to risk everything in the race. I want to express my deepest gratitude to all my supporters and sponsors Mallcom Ltd, Hero Electronix, Hero Fincorp and Micromax, without whom I would not have been able to get back on track and win this medal for India,” Keshavan said.

The five-time Winter Olympian is slated to take part in the 2017 World Championship in Innsbruck, Austria and is taking part in the World Cup circuit in the lead up to the qualification process for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in South Korea.

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