Arshad Nadeem will be aiming to end Pakistan’s medal drought in track and field events as he prepares for the men’s javelin throw final at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday evening. Arshad threw 85.16 in qualification to top Group B and will be aiming for a podium spot on Saturday.
One of his biggest contenders will be India’s Neeraj Chopra. Chopra threw a gigantic 86.65m to top everyone else and clinched a berth in the finals.
Arshad Nadeem had won bronze at the 2016 South Asian Games hosted in India where Chopra had won the gold.
He won the silver at Asian Games, where Chopra again won the gold.
The duo have come a long way since then, bettering their personal bests and will be aiming for a podium spot when they tussle in the finals.
Arshad Nadeem qualifies for final round
Arshad on Wednesday kept Pakistan’s hopes of its maiden medal at Tokyo Olympics alive as he went through to the final of the men’s javelin with a throw of 85.16 metres.
The 24-year-old is the last athlete to be performing for Pakistan at the Olympics in Tokyo, hoping to get a medal and break the country’s 29-year-old medal-drought in the Olympics. Pakistan took their last medal in Olympics in the 1992 Barcelona Games.
Arshad stands among the 12 contestants who are appearing in the final contest, scheduled to start at 4pm according to Pakistan Standard Time.
In round one of the final competition, each of the throwers will be allowed three attempts to throw. This will follow with the eight athletes on the top advancing into round two with three more attempts, while the rest will be eliminated.
Six best of these throws will be taken into account.
With high expectations from millions of Pakistanis, Arshad looks forward to bringing a medal home.