Tokyo: Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem has made history on Wednesday morning as he qualified for the final of the Javelin Throw competition at Tokyo Olympics 2020.
The 24-year-old Arshad is the 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).
This is also Arshad’s third-best throw in a competition. Earlier this year, Arshad threw the javelin to a distance of 86.39m for his personal best and a national record during the Imam Reza championship in Iran. Earlier in 2019, he threw 86.29 at South Asian Games in Nepal.
He topped the Group B with a throw of 85.16m, Vadlejch Jakub of Czech Republic was second while Weber Julian of Germany grabbed third position to qualify for the final
The final of the men’s javelin throw competition at the Tokyo Olympics is scheduled for August 7.