Davinder Singh Kang became the first Indian to reach the mens javelin throw final of the IAAF World Championships.
Since Indian athletics had Neeraj Chopra, the Under-20 World champion and junior World record holder to toast and celebrate, Davinder was just seen as a sort of sparring partner for the junior world star.
Kang with a final throw of 84.22 m in the qualification round left his compatriot Neeraj Chopra behind with his landmark feat.
Kang came out from nowhere to attain the qualifying mark of 83m with his third and final throw that cleared a distance of 84.22m.
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- The 28-year-old is an Army Naib Subedar. 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.
"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. But the teen sensation managed a throw of 82.26m and finished seventh in Qualification Group A of men's javelin throw event.
Kang will now aim to clinch a medal for the country when he, along with 12 other throwers, compete in the final round on August 12. Though the Punjab thrower did not suffer a provisional suspension as marijuana is a specified substance under the WADA code, it made Davinder's life hard and made many wonder whether his performances were genuine.
But what went wrong with Neeraj, who has a personal best of 86.48m and a season high of 85.63? His best effort came in his first qualifying throw.