(Image source from: Asian luge championship)
At the 18th edition of the Asian luge championship, Shiva Keshavan has grabbed a silver medal. Japan’s Hidenari Kanayama grabbed the gold medal. The third spot is bagged by Korea’s Dong Hyeon Kim.
The Asian athletes had contested closely in the race that consisted of two heats. Shiva was a mere 2/10th of a second behind in the first heat. In the second heat, minor technical snags took him away the gold medal.
Shiva said, “I am happy to add another medal to my 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 two years before Korea 2018, and am hopeful that support will come forth so I can put my best performance yet for our country,” he added.
Shiva Keshavan would take part in three of the remaining World Cups, with an aim to continue the season. All these tournaments would be held in Germany.
Asian Luge Cup is annual luge competition for Asian countries, which held since 1998. There are men's and women's single events and men's double event. All editions of Asian Luge Cup held by Spiral bobsleigh luge, and skeleton track at Nagano, Japan.