Vastavam web: Davinder Singh Kang has become the first Indian to qualify for the final round of the javelin throw World Championships here while his more fancied compatriot Neeraj Chopra crashed out in the qualification round.Competing in the qualification round Group B yesterday, Kang, who was carrying a shoulder injury, cleared the automatic qualification mark of 83m in his third and final throw as he sent the iron spear to a distance of 84.22m. He had a 82.22m in his opening throw and then came up with 82.14m in his second.Thirteen throwers 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 on August 12.
Kang’s best effort of 84.22m put him in the seventh position among the final round qualifiers. His final round qualification was all the more noteworthy as he was carrying an injury since the Indian Grand Prix in New Delhi in May. He competed yesterday with his right shoulder strapped.”I have been carrying a right shoulder injury which I sustained in May during the Indian Grand Prix but it is not that a big 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.Earlier in Group A qualification round, Neeraj failed to make an impact as he crashed out of the World Championships after a disappointing performance.
Carrying the hopes of the entire country on his young shoulders, Neeraj could not hurl the iron spear to the the automatic final round qualification mark of 83m in his three attempts with his best effort of 82.26m coming in his opening throw.For Neeraj, who has a personal best of 86.48m and season’s best of 85.63m, his maiden World Championships ended with just thee throws.”I tried my best but I could not clear the automatic qualification mark of 83m and I am disappointed. I gave a lot of effort in the first throw but it missed the 83m mark by a few centimetres. There were some problems in the second throw and the third one also did not go the distance (of 83m). I have been training hard for this World Championships but I could not do well in the actual competition,” Chopra said after the race.Neeraj was considered the best bet for India to have any shout for a medal as his season’s best of 85.63m puts him at 14th in the IAAF rankings coming into the World Championships.He has a personal best of 86.48m which he did while setting a junior world record last year.