World Championships Shot put: Inderjeet becomes 1st Indian to qualify for final

Beijing, Aug 23: Inderjeet Singh delivered a brilliant performance to become the first Indian to qualify for the shot put final at the World Championships being held at the Bird's Nest here on Sunday.

In the Group A qualifier, Inderjeet disappointed with a throw of 19.15 metres in his first attempt and was disqualified in his second attempt.

Inderjeet Singh competes in men's shot put qualification at the World Athletics Championships at the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing, Sunday

However, the Asian champion made a strong come back to make it count on his third and final chance with a throw of 20.47m which was enough to finish fourth in Group A and qualify for the final, which will be held later in the day.

Seven competitors qualified from Group A while five entered the final 12 via Group B. Overall, Inderjeet finished eighth as the qualifiers were topped by American Joe Kovacs who threw a distance of 21.36 metres.

Inderjeet, whose personal best is also his season's best (20.65m), had also won a bronze at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games.

Later in the 20 km race walk, India's Baljinder Singh finished a creditable 12th, clocking his personal best time of one hour, 21 minutes and 44 seconds. The race was won by Miguel Lopez in 1:19:14, which is also the Spaniard's personal best.

Baljinder's compatriots Gurmeet Singh finished 36th in 1:25:22 while Chandan Singh was 42nd in 1:26:40.

Out of the 61 participants, five were disqualified while five failed to finish.


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