India's javelin thrower Davinder Singh Kang created history in London during the World Athletics Championship after he became the first player in the country to reach the final round of the event.
26-year-old Kang's best effort of 84.22m put him in the seventh position among the final round qualifiers.
Kang has a season's and personal best of 84.57m. "I really believe I can grab that medal", Kang told The Indian Express after his latest achievement.
Two javelin throwers - Johannes Vetter and reigning Olympic and world champion Thomas Rohler - have crossed the 90m mark this year while eight athletes have gone beyond 87.64m, the distance covered by the bronze-winner in 2015 World Championships in Beijing. I will go all out from the very first throw. "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".
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"It (injury) will be all right after a day's rest. But, I had to ask my friend Sri Lankan competitor [Waruna Rankoth Pedige] to do some stretching before my third and final throw", he said, while displaying his right shoulder injury.
Kang upstaged world junior record holder Neeraj en route to making the final round by clearing the automatic qualification mark of 83m with his third and last throw.
Meanwhile, Kang's more fancied compatriot Neeraj Chopra suffered a major setback as he knocked out of the World Championships following a disappointing performance. "I want to give my best in the final round on August 12 and win a medal for the country", he added.
The women's 4x400m relay team was disqualified for lane infringement in the first round heats, while their male counterparts finished 10th overall to be eliminated.