India suffers double elimination in World Athletics Championships with Javelin and 4×400 relay teams failing to make the cut

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Saturday’s qualification round for the final ended in a disarray for India as Javelin thrower Shivpal Singh and the men’s and women’s 4x400m relay teams were unable to put together an impressive performance, as they saw their exits from the 2019 World Athletics Championships at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha.

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Shivpal, who secured a silver medal in Men’s javelin throw category this year at the Asian Athletics Championships, along with his personal best of 86.23m, failed to qualify for the final round.

The 24 year old, who hails from Varanasi, opened up with a throw of 75.91m, managed to produced his day’s best of 78.97m, in the second one, falling short of the minimum qualifying mark of 84m, finishing  10th in the Group A qualification round. His third throw was considered a foul.

The women’s relay quartet of Jisna Mathew, M R Poovamma, V K Vismaya and Venkatesan Subha, managed to finish the run in 3 minutes 29.42 seconds. Although besting out their previous fastest time of 3 minutes and 31.93 seconds in the IAAF World Relays in Japan back in May, the ladies failed to qualify for the finals after finishing in 6th position in the sixth in heat number one, and an overall finish of 11th in the first round heats.

Soon after, the men’s team, including the likes of Amoj Jacob, Muhammed Anas, K.S. Jeevan and Noah Nirmal Tom, clocked their best of 3 minutes and 03.09 seconds, ended the event with a seventh finish in heat number 2 and 13th overall in the first round.