Davinder Singh Kang Disappoints in Javelin Final, Finishes 12th

Amid high hopes, Neeraj Chopra begins world campaign

Amid high hopes, Neeraj Chopra begins world campaign

In the men's javelin throw Final, India's Davinder Singh will also be seen in action tonight.

In his first attempt, Kang, the 26-year-old athlete from Punjab, had recorded a throw of 82.22 m and then a throw of 82.14 m in his second attempt.

Kang has a season's and personal best of 84.57m.

The Indian has three 85m throws this season and two of these came during his Diamond League appearances in Paris and Monaca last month - where he had finished fifth and seventh respectively.

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"It (injury) will be all right after tomorrow's rest". "The right shoulder injury I was carrying into the tournament was too much for me to bear today and because of that I could not do well today". I wanted to do something for the country, I wanted to do something which no Indian has done before. "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.

Unheralded javelin thrower Davinder Singh Kang pipped a more-fancied Neeraj Chopra to become the first Indian to qualify for a final in this edition of the World Athletics Championship.

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.

No Indian has ever qualified for the mens javelin throw final round in any World Championships and Kangs performance brought some relief for the Indian camp, which has put up a shoddy show at the global event.

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