Pakistanis back Arshad to end country’s 29-year Olympic medal drought

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Tokyo: Javelin thrower Arshad Nadeem has given high hopes to the people of Pakistan of claiming a medal after he qualified for the final of javelin throw’s event at the Tokyo Olympics.

The 24-year-old Arshad Nadeem made history as he became first-ever Pakistani athlete to qualify for the final of any track and field event in the Olympics.

Arshad Nadeem made it to the final of men’s javelin throw with a throw of 85.16m, well beyond the qualification mark of 83.50m. His first attempt was 78.50m. This was overall third-best throw in the contest after India’s Neeraj Chopra (86.65m) and Germany’s Johannes Vetter (85.64m).

In December 2019, he established a new South Asian Games record in Javelin throw with a distance of 86.29 m, thus securing direct qualification for the Olympics.

The people of Pakistan, sportspersons, celebrities and many others are now backing Arshad to win a medal and end the country’s Olympic medal drought. The final of the men’s javelin throw competition at the Tokyo Olympics is scheduled for August 7.

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It must be noted that 10 athletes from Pakistan took part in Badminton, swimming, shooting, weightlifting and other sports.

Weightlifter Talha Talib had a notable performance as he bagged fifth position in the 67kg category.

Read: Tokyo Olympics: Pakistan’s javelin thrower Arshad Nadeem qualifies for final

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