Athletics

Devender makes the grade

Great effort: Devender Singh became the second Indian to go past the qualification mark of 83 metres for the World Championship.  

Devender Singh threw the javelin to a distance of 84.57 metres at the first domestic Grand Prix meet here on Sunday to clinch an improbable spot for the World Championship.

After the initial throws of 77.03 and 76.87, and a “no mark” in between, Devender came up with throws of 83.42 and 84.57 that saw him outclass the field, as briefly reported on Sunday. He wound up with 79.61.

Samarjeet Singh of Rajasthan had a best of 76.85 to win the silver.

Devender became the second Indian javelin thrower to go past the qualification mark of 83 metres for the World Championship.

World junior champion Neeraj Chopra had won his ticket to London with a throw of 83.32 in the Asian Grand Prix recently.

The results:

Men: Long jump: 1. Ankit Sharma 7.68; 2. M. Silambarasan 7.35; 3. Bikramjith Singh 7.33.

Discus: 1. Kirpal Singh 56.57; 2. Baljinder Singh 56.48; 3. Prashant Malik 54.14.

Javelin: 1. Devender Singh 84.57; 2. Samarjeet Singh 76.85; 3. Rajender Singh 76.30.

Women: Discus: 1. Parbati Sethi 43.99.

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