Relive the IAAF World Championships 2017 and India’s performance
The IAAF World Championships 2017 has drawn to a close, and as it concludes, it leaves us with a lot of great memories. The absolute highlight of this tournament was the fact that it was Usain Bolt’s last, and it was in a way a farewell to this legend.
He has won the world championship in sprinting 11 times, along with having an astounding number of Olympic medals; 19. Even though he didn’t win the 100m race this time around, and got injured in his last race, he will still retire an absolute legend and the best sprinter that this world has ever seen.
— Amit Ranjan (@amitranjan) August 13, 2017
Moreover, the USA reigned supreme yet again when it came to winning the most medals, as they finished with a record breaking 30 medals. Kenya and South Africa took the second and third positions, with 11 and 6 medals respectively.
Here’s a look at the IAAF World Championships 2017 Medal Tally
India at the IAAF World Championships 2017
Our own athletes, however, had a fairly forgettable tournament. Apart from a final qualification and a personal best, the Indian squad couldn’t manage to perform at par with the rest of the athletes.
Davinder Singh – Javelin
Davinder Singh, the javelin thrower, had a very impressive run to the finals, becoming the very first Indian to qualify for the final round in this event. But he too faltered at the finals, finishing 12th in a 13 man event.
Neeraj Chopra – Javelin
A person that India had its hopes pinned on was Neeraj Chopra, a young and promising javelin thrower who held the world record for U20 men. The nerves of this big tournament seemed to get the better of him and he couldn’t replicate his 86m average.
Track and Field – Lakshmanan & Nirmala
Lakshmanan, who ran in the 500m race, produced his best of 3:35 seconds, although he finished 15th in the qualification round. Nirmala Sheoran made it to the semifinals in women’s 400m but finished 22nd overall.
Dutee Chand (100m Women’s), Muhammed Anas Yahiya (Men’s 400m) and Siddhant Thingalaya (men’s 110m hurdles) all crashed out in the first round heats. The women’s relay team was disqualified and the men finished 10th overall which led to their elimination.
Here is to hoping that India puts on a better show at the next IAAF World Championships and wins a medal or two.