Weightlifter Nooh, javelin thrower Arshad bag Pride of Performance award

Nooh and Arshad bagged golds in Commonwealth Games 2022

By Web Desk
March 23, 2023
Arshad Nadeem (R) and Nooh Dastagir Butt (C) with their Pride of Performance award - Twitter/@GhaffarDawnNews

Commonwealth Games 2022 gold medalists Arshad Nadeem and Nooh Dastagir Butt received Pride of Performance award on the occasion of Pakistan Day on Thursday [today]. 

Olympian Arshad won gold medal in javelin throw event of CWG whereas Nooh bagged first position in weightlifting event. Gujranwala-born weightlifter was the first in CWG who bagged gold medal. He lifted a record weight of 405kg in the 109+kg category of the event. 

Arshad threw javelin at a distance of 90.18m in his fifth attempt, setting a new CWG and national record. 

In his first attempt in the final, Arshad managed to throw at 86.81, which was his career-best throw and a new national record for Pakistan until his fifth in the event.

Arshad also beat India's Neeraj Chopra's Tokyo Olympic throw of 87.58m (Gold) and World Athletics Championship throw of 88.13m (Silver). The latter won Pakistan's first Gold medal in Commonwealth Games athletics since 1962.

Previously, Arshad performed prominently in the Tokyo Olympics 2020 and the World Athletics Championship 2022, finishing fifth in both events.

Pakistan bagged overall eight medals and it was one of their prominent performances in CWG since debut. Pakistan's Arshad (javelin throw) and Nooh Dastagir Butt (weightlifting) won gold medals, Inam Butt, Zaman Anwar and Mohammad Sharif Tahir (wrestling) bagged silver medals, whereas Inayatullah (wrestling) and Hussain Shah (judo) got their hands on bronze medals.

In 1970, Pakistan won most (10) medals in CWG. In 2002, Pakistan won eight medals but it included just a Gold medal.