Indian sports translates to cricket mostly, and badminton to some extent. However, anything pertaining to athletics is a rarity. But, not anymore as Davinder Singh Kang has just qualified for the finals of Javelin Throw World Championships, making him the first Indian to do so!
Harbouring a shoulder injury in the Javelin Throw World Championships, Davinder Kang 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 had covered 82.22m in his opening throw and then came up with 82.14m in his second.
The 26-year-old athlete from Punjab was under pressure to touch the 83m in his final attempt and he was the last man to take the throw. He put all his efforts in his final throw and rose to the occasion, much to the relief of the Indian camp! His 84.22m puts him in the 7th position among the final round qualifiers.
What makes the moment special is that he is the first Indian to reach the finals, and he did it in style despite having an injured shoulder.
“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.”
We hope he continues to give stiff competition to the world’s best throwers and emerges victorious and give us more reasons to be proud during the upcoming Independence Day.