In any world championship, No Indian has ever qualified in the men’s javelin throw final round.
The first Indian to qualify for the final round of the Javelin throw World Championships is Davinder Singh Kang while his more fancied compatriot Neeraj Chopra crashed out in the qualification round.
He had covered 82.22m in his opening throw and then came up with 82.14m in his second, competing in the qualification round Group B on Thursday, 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 did the throw in his own unique style like sending the spear beyond the qualification mark to the huge relief of the Indian camp. This athlete is of only 26-year-old from Punjab was under pressure to touch the 83m in his final attempt and he was the last man to take the throw.
All the candidates crossed the automatic qualification mark of 83m and all of them will compete in the final round on August 12. There have been thirteen throwers:
- Five from Group A
- Seven from Group B
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. Kang’s best effort of 84.22m put him in the seventh position among the final round qualifiers.
Kang said after his race that “Once I came to know that Neeraj did not qualify (for the final round), I wanted to qualify for it. I always wanted to do make my nation proud by doing 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.”
He further added that “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.
His enthusiastic nature is shown by his words as showing his injury, he has a zeal to sail beyond he said “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,” in June Kang was tested positive for marijuana but in the 25-member Indian team he was named as the banned substance as was in the specified list of the WADA Code and does not attract automatic suspension.
Neeraj failed to make an impact as he crashed out of the World Championships after a disappointing performance, earlier in Group A qualification round. On his young shoulders he is carrying the hopes of the entire country, Neeraj could not hurl the iron spear to the automatic final round qualification mark of 83m in his three attempts with his best effort of 82.26m coming in his opening throw.
Neeraj is amog them who has a best throw of 86.48m and season’s best of 85.63m, his maiden World Championships ended with just three throws. The 19-year-old world junior record holder then fouled his second attempt before clearing only 80.54m in his third and final throw to finish seventh in his group and overall 15th at the Olympic Stadium here.
Chopra said after the race “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 centimeters, after the he face some some problems in the second and third throw, so the last one also did not go the distance (of 83m).” He was dis appointed, as he has practiced alot “I have been training hard for this World Championships but it hurts if you could not do well in the actual competition, It would have been ideal if a coach had come with me but that is not in my hands. Cant find the reason for it, things happened today was not expected, I cannot say now, Even I dont know whether it was technical issue or other factors,” he added.
He has a personal best of 86.48m which he did while setting a junior world record last year, If India was to have any shout for a medal as his season’s best of 85.63m puts Neeraj at 14th in the IAAF rankings coming into the World Championships and among all Neeraj was considered the best bet for India.
The Indian has three 85m throws this season and his two Diamond League appearances in Paris and Monaca last month – There his confidence boosted there he made a record where some of the best in the world where he had finished fifth and in addition to it also the seventh position respectively.