Devender Singh becomes 2nd Indian javelin thrower to qualify for London Worlds
Devender Singh has become the second Indian after Neeraj Chopra – junior world javelin champion – to qualify for the world championships to be held in London in August.Updated: May 08, 2017 01:42 IST
Devender Singh of Services joined world junior champion Neeraj Chopra by becoming the second Indian to meet the javelin qualifying mark for the August world athletics championships on Sunday.
Devender won the Indian Grand Prix first leg with a throw of 84.57m, meeting the qualifying mark of 83m.
Neeraj Chopra, 19, qualified on April 28 when he won silver in the second leg of the Asian Grand Prix in Jianxing, China.
Chopra had won the 2016 World U-20 championships in Poland with a throw of 86.48m, a junior world mark as well as the Indian national record.
Devender, who is from the Army, had a previous personal best of 80.21m, achieved in last year’s Grand Prix event in Bangalore. So far, 15 Indians have qualified for the world meet, to be held from August 5 to 13.
First Published: May 08, 2017 01:42 IST