TOKYO: Pakistani athlete Arshad Nadeem made history on Wednesday when he qualified for the finals of the javelin throw event at the Tokyo Olympics. Geo News. Is informed.
Arhad Nadeem has become the first Pakistani athlete to qualify for the final of any track and field event at the Olympics.
The Pakistani javelin thrower was placed in Group B for the competition in which the athlete had to throw at least 83.5 meters to qualify directly for the final. Only six players were able to do so and Arshad was one of them while the other six players reached the final based on their respective round throws.
In his first attempt, the 24-year-old Pakistani athlete managed to reach the target of 78.5 meters, but in the second attempt, Arshad made history with a throw of 85.16 meters, which also put him above Group B.
It was the third best throw overall after India’s Neeraj Chopra (86.65m) and Germany’s Johannes Waiter (85.64m).
This is Arshad’s third best throw in a match.
Earlier this year, Arshad threw the javelin at a distance of 86.39m for his personal best and national record during the Imam Reza Championship in Iran. Earlier in 2019, he threw 86.29 meters at the South Asian Games in Nepal.
Therefore, one can safely say that Arshad’s best is yet to come and hopefully the best will come in the final on August 7, which will start at 4 pm according to Pakistani time.
The Pakistani athlete will also be eyeing the medal on Saturday as it is seen as a possible hope for ending the country’s Olympic medal drought.
Arshad’s main rivals will be India’s Neeraj Chopra and Germany’s Johannes Waiter. The fact is that some of the best javelin throwers did not make it to the finals.
Among them are Julius Yego (PB 92.72 m), Chow Soon Sung (PB 91.36 m), Kishore Walcott (PB 90.16 m), Marsen Krokowski (PB 89.55 m), Bernhard Seifert (PB 89.06 m) and Anderson Peters (PB 89.06 m). PB 87.31 m). ).
Arshad, who once wanted to be a cricketer, had said before the Olympics that he would keep an eye on the 90-meter throw at the Olympics.