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Dec 28, 2015

Indian pilot Shiva Keshavan wins silver at Luge Asian Championship

A minor technical snag in the 2nd heats denied Shiva Keshavan, the only Indian Luge pilot, gold medal at the Luge Asian Championship in Japan.

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The Luge Asian Championship in Japan concluded yesterday with Shiva Keshavan from India bagging the Silver medal.

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Shiva Keshavan is dubbed as the fastest man on ice in Asia.

The race consisted of 2 heats closely contested by the Asian athletes. Though in the first heat Indian Luge pilot Shiva was a mere 2/10th of a second behind, minor technical snags cost him the gold medal in the second heat.

The first place was claimed by Japan’s Hidenari Kanayama, and third by Korea’s Dong Hyeon Kim.

“I am happy to add another medal to our kitty. This year has been extremely difficult for me financially and I am proud that despite that I have managed to keep India’s flag flying in international winter sports. I was hoping to bring home the Gold, but I still have another 2 years before Korea 2018, and am hopeful that support with come forth so I can put my best performance yet for our country,” Shiva Keshavan said in a release.

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India’s 4-time Winter Olympian trains in Europe because of lack of Luge training facility in his country.

Shiva Keshavan will aim to continue the season by participating in 3 of the remaining World Cups, all to be held in Germany. The season will end with the Homologation of the Olympic Track in Korea, where selected athletes will be able to preview and test the track there.

Text and Images courtesy Press Release.