Arshad Nadeem kept hopes alive of Pakistani people, for its first-ever gold medal at Tokyo Olympics. He is paved for the finals of the Javelin throw with a jaw-dropping 85.16 meters.
Arshad Nadeem becomes the first-ever Pakistani to qualify for the final of any event in the Olympics. Nadeem’s throw was third best with a distance of 85.16 meters, first was Germany’s Johannes Vetter with 85.64 and second was India’s Neeraj Chopra with 86.65m throw.
Arshad Nadeem, 24-year-old from the small village of Khanewal surpassed Czech’s Jakub Valdlejch and Germany’s Julian Weber to secure his place in the finals.
Nadeem has requested prayers from the whole nation so he can perform even better in the finals and bring back the medal to his country. He was thankful for the support he got from the nation and spoke to the media after the event.
The athlete has expressed gratitude to his coach for his commitment and consistency. “We will keep performing like this,” he added, ending the conversation with “Pakistan Zindabad”.
The Champion and bronze medalist of the 2012 Rio Olympics, Keshorn Walcott of Trinidad and Tabago could not qualify with the throw of 79.33 meters.
Arshad Nadeem holds his personal best record at 86.38 meters, which he achieved in Imam Raza Athletics Club, Iran. He is one of the few athletes from Pakistan who have secured a position in the Olympics, the credit of which goes to his awe-inspiring gold medal-winning throw in December 2019, at the South Asian Games.