New Delhi, Aug 11: Davinder Singh Kang has become the first Indian to qualify for the final round of the javelin throw World Championships being held in London. However, another Indian and world junior record holder Neeraj Chopra crashed out in the qualification round.
Competing in the qualification round Group B, Kang, who was carrying a shoulder injury, cleared the automatic qualification mark of 83m in his third and final throw as he threw the iron spear at a distance of 84.22m.
In the competition, thirteen throwers including five from Group A and seven from Group B crossed the automatic qualification mark of 83m and all of them will compete in the final round.
No Indian has ever qualified in the men’s javelin throw final round in any world championship.
“Once I came to know that Neeraj did not qualify (for the final round), I wanted to qualify for it. I wanted to do something for the country, I wanted to do something which no Indian has done before. By the grace of God, I did something for the country,” Kang said after his race.
“I have been carrying a right shoulder injury which I sustained in May during the Indian Grand Prix but it is not that big a problem. Our team masseur put these straps today and I am OK. 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 showing his right shoulder injury.
“It (injury) will be all right after tomorrow’s rest. I want to give my best in the final round on August 12 and win a medal for the country,” he added.
The Indian has three 85m throws this season and his two Diamond League appearances in Paris and Monaca last month – where he had finished fifth and seventh respectively – which had boosted his confidence after rubbing shoulders with some of the best in the world.