I al­ways wanted to be a sprinter but I kept getting in­juries. So my coach and I de­cided to try an­other event and we chose javelin and it turned out that I was pretty good at it.”

Var­sity test awaits Gre­nada’s Peters af­ter shock win

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Sport -

Doha: Gre­nada’s An­der­son Peters pulled off a shock win in the javelin at the world ath­let­ics cham­pi­onships on Sun­day af­ter an un­pre­dictable event where Olympic cham­pion Thomas Rohler failed to reach the fi­nal. Peters won with a throw of 86.89 as he gave the tiny Caribbean na­tion their sec­on­de­ver world cham­pi­onship gold, fol­low­ing Ki­rani James’ 400 me­tres win in 2011 — an event which in­spired him to take up ath­let­ics.

How­ever, he did not have much time to cel­e­brate — the 21-year-old stud­ies at Mis­sis­sippi state uni­ver­sity and told re­porters he had to sit ex­ams this week. “I’ve def­i­nitely missed some classes, I have a test on Tues­day,” Peters said.

—An­der­son Peters

Es­to­nia’s Mag­nus Kirt was se­cond with 86.21 although he re­tired from the com­pe­ti­tion af­ter ap­pear­ing to in­jure his shoul­der with his fifth throw.

Peters said he was in­spired by watch­ing James’ per­for­mance in Daegu, South Korea, eight years ago. “That was un­be­liev­able for the whole coun­try,” he ex­plained. “He showed it’s pos­si­ble for any­one to be­come a world cham­pion.”

Peters said he was “shak­ing with nerves” dur­ing qual­i­fy­ing. “I was so scared but hav­ing made the fi­nal I was a dif­fer­ent guy to­day. I went out to be the world cham­pion and here I am,” he said. “It means a lot to me and I’m sure it means a lot to my coun­try.

“I al­ways wanted to be a sprinter but I kept getting in­juries, so my coach and I de­cided to try an­other event and we chose javelin and it turned out that I was pretty good at it,” he added.

Ger­many, who had been ex­pected to dom­i­nate the com­pe­ti­tion, in­stead had to set­tle for a bronze with de­fend­ing cham­pion Jo­hannes Vet­ter who threw 85.37 af­ter an in­jury-plagued sea­son. Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships. Meiraba hardly broke a sweat as he beat Ro­ma­nia’s Teodor Cioroboiu 21-4, 21-3. Karunakara­n also com­fort­ably beat his Ugan­dan op­po­nent Sa­muel Wasswa 21-6, 21-5, while Pranav Rao crushed Ar­me­nia’s Ar­man Var­danyan 2110, 21-6 in his first-round match.

Na­gal at­tains ca­reer-best rank­ing:

In­dian ten­nis player Su­mit Na­gal on Mon­day achieved a ca­reer-best rank­ing of 129 af­ter jump­ing six places in the lat­est men’s sin­gles rank­ings.

Vi­jen­der’s next fight on Nov 22:

Af­ter a win­ning start in the Amer­i­can pro­fes­sional cir­cuit, In­dian box­ing star Vi­jen­der Singh will next be seen in ac­tion in Dubai on Novem­ber 22 against a yet-to-be-fi­nalised op­po­nent.

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