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World Athletics: Kang finishes poor 12th in javelin throw final

Last updated on: August 13, 2017 03:15 IST

'The right shoulder injury I was carrying into the tournament was too much for me to bear today and because of that I could not do well today'

'I am disappointed that I have let the country down'

Davinder Singh Kang

IMAGE: Davinder Singh Kang of India competes during the World Championships in London. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Davinder Singh Kang finished a disappointing 12th in the men's javelin's throw final on the penultimate day of competitions at the World Athletics Championships, in London, on Saturday.

Kang, who has become the first Indian to have qualified for the final round in javelin throw in a World Championship, came up with a best throw of 80.02m in his third attempt to end 12th in a 13-man field.

He began with a 75.40m and then fouled his second attempt before throwing 80.02 in his third throw. He was eliminated after three throws while the top eight continued the competition.

Johannes Vetter of Germany won the gold with a best throw of 89.89m while Jakub Vadlejch (89.73m) of Czech Republic and Petr Frydrych (88.32m), also of Czech Republic, clinched the silver and bronze respectively.

"The right shoulder injury I was carrying into the tournament was too much for me to bear today and because of that I could not do well today. I did not want to give excuses but I would have done better if not for the injury. I am disappointed that I have let the country down," Kang said after the event.