India’s first Winter Olympian Shiva Keshavan overcame an injury to win gold at the Asian Luge Championship held in Nagano, Japan on this Friday.
The 35-year-old sportsperson Shiva Keshavan dominated the event from very first and finished the Asian Luge Championship race with a time of 1 minute, 39.962 seconds and the maximum speed of 130.4 km/hour to win the title.
Earlier, the Manali-born Keshavan suffered tendon injury on his left foot after an accident which broke his sled and as an outcome, he had to sacrifice a major part of the official training for the Asian Luge championship event.
Keshavan expressed his joy and overwhelmedness through his Facebook page, stating, “Thrilled to announce that I’ve just won GOLD at the Luge Asian Championships 2016! Details Soon! :) "
“I was determined to not let anything detach me from the gold medal this time, so despite all the obstacles and the injury, I decided to take the risk and will give my everything in the race. I want to express my deepest gratitude to all my supporters and sponsors Malcolm Ltd., Hero Electronix, Hero Fincorp and Micromax, without whom I would not have been able to get back and win this medal for India,” Shiva said after the victory.
Shiva Keshavan will take part in the 2017 World Championship in Innsbruck, Austria and will also compete on the World Cup circuit in the lead up to the qualification process for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games which will be held in Korea.