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Arshad Nadeem retains Pakistan’s medal hope alive at Tokyo Olympics, reaches javelin throw ultimate

Arshad Nadeem
Arshad Nadeem on Wednesday saved Pakistan’s hopes of its maiden medal at Tokyo Olympics alive as he went by way of to the ultimate of the lads’s javelin with a throw of 85.16 metres.

The feat made him the primary Pakistani to qualify for the ultimate of any observe and area occasion on the Olympics.

Nadeem’s throw was third-best of the day behind India’s Neeraj Chopra (86.65m) and world chief Germany’s Johannes Vetter (85.64m).

The 24-year-old thrower from Khanewal completed above Germany’s Julian Weber and Czech’s Jakub Vadlejch to win his group and a spot within the medal spherical — a efficiency that bought his coach out of his seat applauding.

Nadeem will likely be joined by Finland’s Lassi Eteltalo, whose first try of 84.50m, a season’s greatest, granted him passage to the medal spherical.

Chatting with the media after qualifying for the ultimate, Nadeem mentioned he was grateful for the assist given to him by Pakistanis. He additionally appealed to the nation for extra prayers in order that he can given a stellar efficiency within the ultimate.

The athlete additionally thanked his coach for his tireless efforts in coaching him for the Olympics. “We’ll maintain performing like this,” he mentioned, ending with an emphatic “Pakistan Zindabad”.

The 2012 Olympic champion and bronze medallist 5 years in the past in Rio, Keshorn Walcott of Trinidad and Tobago didn’t advance, as he fell brief with a throw of 79.33m.

Nadeem has a personal-best throw of 86.38m, which he achieved in April throughout his gold medal run on the Imam Raza Athletics Cup in Iran.

He is among the few Pakistani athletes to safe direct qualification for Olympics, due to his gold medal-winning throw at South Asian Video games in December 2019.