• Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/ReutersIn the absence of a coach, Indian javelin thrower Davinder Singh Kang was forced to take tips from a competitor ‘friend’ from Sri Lanka during his qualification round at the World Championships in London.
  • Kang became the first Indian to qualify for the javelin throw final round in the World Championships here last night, while his more fancied compatriot Neeraj Chopra crashed out in the qualification round after a disappointing show.
  • Kang, carrying a right shoulder injury, was helped by Sri Lanka’s Waruna Rankoth Pedige, who also participated in the same qualification round, and gave the Indian ‘tips’.
  • “I am feeling good that no Indian has reached the final round of a javelin throw event and I am the only one now.
  • Kang said he spoke to former Javelin world record holder Uwe Hohn of Germany, who is joining the Indian national camp as a coach later this year.

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