As it happened: Davinder Singh Kang finishes 12th in Men's Javelin Throw final, IAAF World Championships 2017

By Sportskeeda Desk | Last ModifiedAug 13, 2017 01:43 IST

Davinder Singh finishes 12th among 13 starters with a best of 80.02m.


01:43 (IST)13 AUG 2017

That's it from us! It was not the very best of nights for Indian fans but it is only a GOOD START. Here's hoping we can build on this further.

With that hope, we wrap up tonight. Thank you for joining us.


01:40 (IST)13 AUG 2017

Davinder can be proud of the fact that he made it to the final when absolutely nobody expected him to. When all eyes were on the 19-year-old Neeraj Chopra, Singh stole his thunder and made his mark, silencing everybody who had refused to believe in him.

He might have been coming away empty-handed from the final but this experience will surely stand him in good stead. Hoping this is the start of even better things for both Davinder and India.

Let us hope India can have a two-pronged attack in the biggest events in the world with both Neeraj and Davinder performing at their very best.

01:32 (IST)13 AUG 2017

Davinder's best throw has been 80.02m that he achieved in his third and final attempt. He finishes 12th among 13 starters, right above the defending world champion and Rio silver medallist Julius Yego, who managed only a best of 76.29m.

01:30 (IST)13 AUG 2017

And with that, the third attempt ends for all. And Davinder Singh's chances too are over because only the top 8 get to compete for another three attempts.

01:26 (IST)13 AUG 2017

The defending champion and Rio Olympic silver medallist Julius Yego manages only 75.31 in Attempt 3. That is quite shocking. He is last currently, right behind Davinder.

01:23 (IST)13 AUG 2017

Interestingly, Davinder had outshone the Olympic champion Rohler in the qualification round. But champions always save their best for the last. Rohler has come back with a bang in the final!

01:22 (IST)13 AUG 2017

There is no change in the TOP THREE.

It's still 1. Johannes Vetter
            2. Jakub Vadlejch
            3. Thomas Rohler

01:20 (IST)13 AUG 2017

Vetter does indeed throw below 89 finally. His third attempt is just 87.22m, the poorest of the three.

What a legend!

01:17 (IST)13 AUG 2017

It is just good enough to take Davinder up by one position to 12th. Only the defending champion Julius Yego trails the Indian now.

01:16 (IST)13 AUG 2017

It is 80.02m for Davinder Singh in his THIRD ATTEMPT!!

01:14 (IST)13 AUG 2017

Meanwhile, there is no stopping the World Leader Johannes Vetter! He just continues to stun everybody! 89.78m is his second throw. Can he ever throw below 89?

01:08 (IST)13 AUG 2017

Is it a case of nerves for the 28-year-old? His qualification performances were much better and a lot more consistent!

01:05 (IST)13 AUG 2017

Davinder's woes continue! He has registered a no-throw in his second attempt!

01:03 (IST)13 AUG 2017

And the Olympic champion has been pushed down to third!! Wow! What a throw that was from the Czech Jakub Vadlejch!!! With a LIFETIME BEST of 89.73, he leaps to the silver medal position!!

01:01 (IST)13 AUG 2017

Davinder is currently 12th in a field of 13 competitors after the completion of the first attempt.

01:00 (IST)13 AUG 2017

And the two Germans have set the stage on FIRE!!!! Thomas Rohler, the reigning Olympic champion, produces 87.08m to shoot up to the second position! Currently, Germany is going for both gold and silver!

00:57 (IST)13 AUG 2017

Surprise! Surprise! The defending champion Julius Yego has registered a No-throw!!

00:56 (IST)13 AUG 2017

Davinder is now in the 9th position after 9 throws

00:55 (IST)13 AUG 2017

He needs to inspire himself from his consistent performances on the day of qualification....on that day, he threw 82.22m, 82.14m before going for the huge 84.22m that resulted in his qualification.

00:52 (IST)13 AUG 2017

That itself shows that Davinder's first attempt was unfortunately quite a poor one!

00:52 (IST)13 AUG 2017

So far, three throwers have managed to breach the magic mark of 80m. And Davinder is in 5th position after the completion of five throws.

00:50 (IST)13 AUG 2017

But wait, never rule out the Germans! And here comes Thomas Vetter!

The German dashes everybody else's hopes by leaping to the top with a MASSIVE 89.89m

00:49 (IST)13 AUG 2017

It's Keshorn Walcott of Trinidad and Tobago, who is leading the field with a huge 84.48m

00:48 (IST)13 AUG 2017

That is not a good throw to start with and he has to improve by miles!

00:47 (IST)13 AUG 2017

Davinder has registered 75.40m in his first attempt

00:46 (IST)13 AUG 2017

Whole of India is waiting with bated breath....can Davinder create history?

00:45 (IST)13 AUG 2017

The throwers are inside the stadium and the action is about to begin!

21:27 (IST)12 AUG 2017

Davinder Singh created history by becoming the first Indian to reach the final of the men's javelin throw event at the IAAF World Championships, doing so despite a shoulder injury. He threw the javelin a whopping 84.22m on his third and final attempt to clear the automatic qualification mark of 83m and reach the final. He was placed in Group B among a field of 16 competitors, where he finished fifth and qualified in seventh place overall. 
He started off with a throw of 82.22m and followed it up with an 82.14m, missing the automatic qualification mark by a few centimeters. The 26-year-old saved his best for the last and finally crossed the automatic qualification line, much to the joy of the nation. His effort of 84.22m was even more than established names such as Germany's Thomas Rohler and Kenya's Julius Yego. 
Competing in Group A was 19-year-old Indian Neeraj Chopra as well and a lot of hopes were pinned on him. However, he narrowly missed out on qualification and thus, Kang became the first Indian to reach the final. After the feat, Kang stated that he was motivated by the fact that Chopra had missed out on the final and thus, he wanted to do something no Indian had done before. 
The startlist is as follows: 
Keshorn Walcott (TTO), Jakub Vadlejch (CZE), Davinder Singh (IND), Magnus Kirt (EST) Johannes Vetter (GER), Ioánnis Kiriazis (GRE), Petr Frydrych (CZE), Andreas Hofmann (GER), Ahmed Bader Magour (QAT), Julius Yego (KEN), Tero Pitkamaki (FIN), Marcin Krukowski (POL), Thomas Rohler (GER) 

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