Davinder Singh Kang made India proud after earning a spot in the finals of the men’s javelin throw at the World IAAF championship. He is also the only Indian to have achieved this feat. His compatriot, Neeraj Chopra failed to deliver and could not make it to the finals of the event.
Kang achieved the qualifying mark of 83m with his third and final throw that cleared a distance of 84.22m.Finally, he was placed in the 7th position among the qualifiers of the final round.
“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,” said Kang after finishing his race.
Chopra’s throw of 82.26m fell short of the qualifying mark by a slight margin.
“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. 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,” said Chopra.