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


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.

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.

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