Javelin thrower Davinder Singh creates history at London World Championship

Ruben Hill
August 13, 2017

India's Davinder Singh finished 12th in the final of the men's javelin at the World Athletics Championships in London on Saturday.

The 26-year-old, who was also carrying a shoulder injury, posted 82.22m in his opening throw while he came up with a throw of 82.14m in his second attempt. He was eliminated after three throws while the top eight continued the competition. His best effort came in his first qualifying throw.

"It (injury) will be all right after a day's rest". He was seen clutching the right hand after his second throw. "I really believe I can grab that medal", Kang told The Indian Express after his latest achievement. "But, I had to ask my friend Sri Lankan competitor [Waruna Rankoth Pedige] to do some stretching before my third and final throw", he said, while displaying his right shoulder injury.

If both go through the qualifying round, it will be a rare occasion when two Indians will make it to the final round of an event in the world championships. On Thursday, Kang created history, while his more fancied compatriot Neeraj Chopra crashed out in the qualification round after a disappointing performance.

Davinder Singh Kang qualified for the finals after surpassing the automatic qualification mark of 83 meters in his 3rd attempt.

Kang's participation in the World Championships was earlier in doubt after he tested positive for marijuana in June but he was named in the 25-member Indian team as the banned substance was in the specified list of the WADA Code and does not attract automatic suspension.

In track events, Dutee Chand (women's 100m race), Muhammed Anas Yahiya (men's 400m) and Siddhant Thingalaya (men's 110m hurdles) crashed out in the first round heats, while Nirmala Sheoran reached the semifinals in women's 400m race.

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