Inderjeet 11th in shot put finals; race walkers disappoint
Shot putter Inderjeet Singh finished last in the final round to end his maiden World Athletics Championships appearance in disappointment while 20km race walkers also failed to make a mark on the second day of competitions here on Sunday.
In the first event of the day, Baljinder Singh was initially adjudged to have finished at 12th with a timing of 1:21:44 which would have been his personal best effort. But, the organisers later changed the result, showing Baljinder among those walkers who did not finish the race.
The Indian camp was expecting a good show from Inderjeet, the reigning Asian champion, after he made it to the final round as one of the 12 best performers in the qualifying session in the morning with a best throw of 20.47m.
In the final round, however, he failed to rise up to the occasion and finished last among 11 competitors as American Christian Cantwell did not turn up at the Bird’s Nest Stadium.
Inderjeet, who has a personal best of 20.65m, began the final round with 19.52m before fouling his second throw.
Pressure piled on him to come up with a big throw in his third attempt but the Indian, who also won a bronze medal in the Asian Games, could only come up with a disappointing 18.68m to end his campaign.
After three rounds, those ranked below top eight are eliminated and Inderjeet was among one of those who made the exit. Inderjeet though had the satisfaction of becoming the only Indian shot putter ever to make it to the final round of World Championships.
Earlier in the morning, Inderjeet qualified for the final round with a 20.47m throw in his third attempt. He began the qualifying round with a below par 19.15m effort in his first attempt before he fouled his second throw. But he made his third and final attempt count as he heaved the iron ball to 20.47m to qualify for the final round.
In men’s 20km race walk, the two other Indians Gurmeet Singh 1:25:22) and Chandan Singh (1:26:40) finished 35th and 41st respectively -- both one places up from initial result which had shown Baljinder at 12th -- only to be changed later.
European champion Miguel Angel Lopez won the race in a <g data-gr-id="60">personal best</g> time of 1:19:14 to become Spain’s first 20km race walk world champion since 1993.
Chinese Olympic bronze medallist Zhen Wang was second in 1:19:29, while Benjamin Thorne -- the biggest surprise of the race -- took bronze in a Canadian record of 1:19:57. Japan’s world record holder Yusuke Suzuki dropped out just after 45 minutes into the race. Reigning Olympic champion Ding Chen of China was ninth with 1:21:39.
Ennis-Hill on brink as Lopez breaks Chinese hearts
Jessica Ennis-Hill was on the brink of adding world heptathlon gold to her Olympic title on Sunday, as Spain’s Miguel Angel Lopez broke Chinese hearts in the men’s 20km walk.
Ennis-Hill, making her return to major competition with some panache after giving birth last year and battling a host of niggling injuries, enjoyed a 30-point overnight lead on British teammate Katarina Johnson-Thompson.
But there was drama in the first of three events when an astonishing show of bravado by Johnson-Thompson <g data-gr-id="61">spectatularly</g> backfired as she fouled out with all three efforts in the long jump, her strongest discipline.
The British team initially protested but withdrew their appeal after viewing the evidence and accepting that her final jump was indeed a foul.
That left Ennis-Hall atop the standings on 5706 points after she leapt 6.43m in the long jump and threw a best of 42.51m in the javelin with only the 800m to be raced. Dutchwoman Nadine Broersen was second on 5620pts, with Canada’s Brianne Theisen Eaton third (5612).