World University Games: Kisan enters final, Chen throws a stunner

Kisan Narsi finished sixth in his heat, clocking 14:35.83s, and made the final as one of the fastest losers.

Taiwan's Cheng Chao-Tsun became the first Asian to cross the 90m barrier in javelin. (File Photo)   -  AFP

Maharashtra’s Kisan Tadvi Narsi entered the men’s 5,000m final at the 29th World University Games in Taipei on Saturday, a day when Taipei’s Cheng Chao-Tsun broke the Asian men’s javelin throw record with a massive 91.36m.

Kisan finished sixth in his heat, clocking 14:35.83s, and made the final as one of the fastest losers.

Cheng, who like India’s Neeraj Chopra failed to qualify for the javelin throw final at the recent London Worlds (77.87m) and who was sixth in the Asian Championships in Bhubaneswar last month (80.03m), came up with the big one in the last round. With that he became the first Asian to cross the 90m barrier, breaking China’s Zhao Qinggang’s record of 89.15m which came at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games.

Meanwhile, Delhi’s promising Amoj Jacob finished fifth in the men’s 800m heat in 1:51.28s and narrowly missed qualifying for the final while Kachnar Chaudhary was a big disappointment, finishing 10th in her group (20th overall) in the women’s shot put qualification round and failed to progress further. She has a personal best of 14.50m.

And in the women’s 20km race walk, Priyanka was disqualified before the halfway stage.