Shiva Keshavan grabs gold at Asian Luge Championship

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Nagano (Japan) : It was day to remember for India’s seasoned Winter Olympian Shiva Keshavan. The Olympian braved an injury to clinch a gold medal at the Asian Luge Championship.

Keshavan dominated the event and finished the 2 heat race with a time of 1 minute, 39.962 seconds and top speed of 130.4 km/h.

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

Chinese Taipei’s Lien Te-An, who clocked 1:45.120 with a 126.3 kmph top speed bagged the bronze medal.

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

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

 Shiva is slated to take part in the 2017 World Championship in Innsbruck, Austria and will compete in the World Cup circuit in the lead up to the qualification process for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Korea.