New Delhi, Dec 2: Shiva Keshavan, India’s veteran Winter Olympian won a gold medal at the Asian Luge Championships at Altenberg, Germany and retained his title with a time of 55.60 seconds. Also Read - 7 Countries Indians Are Not Allowed to Visit Yet Including Malaysia And Germany

Keshavan, who is also the President of the Olympians’ Association of India, started slow but recovered the lead after the second corner. He was was followed by Lien Te-An of Taiwan (56.12 seconds) and Kim Dong-Kyu of Korea (56.50 seconds) who bagged the silver and bronze medals respectively. Also Read - International Flights: Air India to Operate Seven Flights a Week to This Country From Delhi, Bengaluru | Deets Here

Taking to micro-blogging site, the Indian luger expressed his happiness and wrote,”Just won the Gold at the Asian Championship 2017/18! Thanks for all your support! Proud to represent India!” Also Read - International Flights: Indians Can Travel to Germany From October 26 | Details Here

“I am so proud to bring the gold medal back to India for the fourth time. The track is one of the most difficult in the world and I have had a few bad crashes here in the past. So it was a challenge on many levels. I want to thank all my sponsors and supporters, without who i really would not have made it this far,”said Keshavan after winning the race, which was originally scheduled in Nagano, Japan, was shifted to the EisKanal in Germany due to technical issues.

Notably, he will represent India at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Alpensia Sliding Centre at Pyeongchang in South Korea for his record sixth Olympics. Keshavan is the first Indian to be qualified for PyeongChang 2018 in Luge.

(With inputs from agencies)