World Athletics Championships: Davinder Singh Kang first Indian to qualify for javelin finals
Davinder Singh Kang has qualified for the Javelin finals at the World Athletics Championships Photograph: (DNA)
Davinder Singh Kang has become the first Indian to qualify for the finals of the javelin throw event at the World Athletics Championships in London.
The Indian team was banking on 19-year-old junior world champion Neeraj Chopra to qualify but Kang sprang a surprise attaining the qualifying mark of 83m with his third and final throw that cleared a distance of 84.22m.
Chopra's best effort was slightly short of the mark at 82.26m.
"After I came to know that Neeraj did not qualify, I wanted to qualify for the final round. 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 told PTI.
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.
"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 help me with some stretching before my third and final throw," Kang told PTI.
"It (injury) will be all right after a day's rest. I want to give my best in the final round on August 12 and win a medal for the country," Kang added.
26-year-old Kang's best effort of 84.22m put him in the seventh position among the final round qualifiers.