Karachi: It was a morning Pakistan Athletics will remember for long as Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem created history on Wednesday when he qualified for the final of Javelin Throw competition in Tokyo Olympics.
Arahad is first ever Pakistani athlete to qualify for the final of any track and field event in Olympics.
Arahad was placed in group B for the contest in which athlete had to throw a minimum of 83.5m to directly qualify for the final. Only six athletes could do so, and Arshad was one of them. Rest 6 athletes advanced to the finals on basis of their respective farthest throw.
In his first attempt, the 24-year-old Pakistani athlete could reach 78.5m mark but in second attempt, Arshad created history with a throw of 85.16m that also placed him on top of group B.
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 Imam Reza championship in Iran. Earlier in 2019, he threw 86.29 at South Asian Games in Nepal.
So, one can safely say that Arshad’s best is yet to come and hope that the best comes at final on 7th August, which is scheduled to commence at 4pm Pakistan time.
The Pakistani athlete will also have his eyes on a medal on Saturday as he’s being considered as one potential hope to end country’s Olympic medal drought.
Arshad’s main competitors will be India’s Neeraj Chopra and Germany’s Johannes Vetter. The fact that some of the best javelin throwers couldn’t make it to the final.
Among them are Julius Yego (PB 92.72m), Chao-Tsun Cheng (PB 91.36m), Keshorn Walcott (PB 90.16m), Marcin Krukowski (PB 89.55m) Bernhard Seifert (PB 89.06m) and Anderson Peters (PB 87.31m).
Arshad, who once wanted to be a cricketer, had said prior to Olympics, had said that he would be eyeing a 90m throw in Olympics.
It is worth mentioning that the World Record for Olympics in Javelin throw is 90.57m by Norway’s Andreas Thorkildsen.