Motonet Grand Prix: Shivpal Singh finishes fourth in javelin

Estonia’s Magnus Kirt takes gold with a throw of 87.35m. Finland’s Antti Ruuskanen finishes second.

Shivpal Singh has admitted to having some pain in his shoulder.   -  The Hindu

Javelin thrower Shivpal Singh, who has been trying out changes in his technique, finished fourth with 76.90m at the Motonet Grand Prix in Joensuu, Finland, on Wednesday night.

That was way below his personal best of 86.23m which had given the 24-year-old the silver medal at the Asian championship in Doha in April. “I felt some pain in my shoulder, that’s why I think my throw was not that good,” Shivpal told Sportstar on Thursday evening.

“I’ve been having easy 78m throws during training but I think I’m overexcited in competition. I hope to do well in the World championships.”

Estonia’s Magnus Kirt, the world leader this year with 90.61m, won the gold with 87.35m while Finland’s Antti Ruuskanen, the 2012 London Olympics silver medallist who has a personal best of 88.98m, was second with 80.79.

AMIYA MALLICK CLOCKS 10.60s

Meanwhile, national record holder Amiya Kumar Mallick clocked 10.60s as he finished last in the men’s 100m ‘A’ race in 10.60s in the same meet. Japan’s Takuya Kawakami, a former Asian junior champion, took the gold in 10.27s.

Mallick figured in the startlist in the 200m, too, but did not start the race.