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Tokyo Olympics: Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem misses out on medal but wins nation over

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Arshad Nadeem in action, at Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Athletics, Mens Javelin Throw Final, Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan, August 7, 2021. — Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach
Arshad Nadeem in action, at Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Athletics, Men's Javelin Throw Final, Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan, August 7, 2021. — Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach

  • Arshad Nadeem competes in Javelin Throw final at Tokyo Olympics. 
  • Pakistani athlete qualifies for final round but misses out on medal.
  • Nadeem comes in fifth, with best score of 84.62 metres.


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s star athlete Arshad Nadeem, who was competing in the Tokyo Olympics' javelin throw final on Saturday, missed out on a medal but won the nation over with the spirit and determination he displayed throughout the contest.

Although there were a total of 12 contestants participating, all eyes were on how the Pakistani athlete performs compared to his opponent from India, Neeraj Chopra.

The action began at 4pm according to Pakistan Standard Time. 

In his first throw, Nadeem's javelin covered a distance of 82.4 metres. India's Chopra threw his to a distance of 87.03 metres.

At the end of the first throw, India ranked 1st, whereas Pakistan was in 6th place.

In the second throw, Chopra scored a distance of 87.58m, whereas Nadeem's attempt resulted in a foul, because he crossed the line.

The third throw resulted in Chopra scoring 76.70m and Nadeem, who was in the ninth spot, moving up to fourth place after scoring 84.62m. 

Therefore, at the end of three rounds, Nadeem finished fourth and qualified for the final round.

Speaking to Geo News, Nadeem's mother said she is praying her son will bring home a medal and glorify Pakistan. She said she is happy and proud of her son.

Last round

In the last round, Nadeem's first throw resulted in a distance of 82.91m, whereas Chopra overstepped and got a foul.

In the second throw, Nadeem threw the javelin to a distance of 81.98, whereas Chopra overstepped yet again and got a foul.

In the third and final attempt, Nadeem was unable to have a valid throw counted as he overstepped the line. Chopra, meanwhile, threw the javelin at a distance of 84.24m.

Final result

Tokyo Olympics: Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem misses out on medal but wins nation over

India's Chopra came in first with a score of 87.58m to win a gold, in a first for the country in the athletics category.

Czech Republic's Vadlejch came in second with a result of 86.67m and won silver, and Czech Republic's Vesely came in third with a score of 85.44m and bagged the bronze medal.

Rules

According to the rules of the contest, in round one of the final competition, each contestant is allowed three attempts to throw.

This follows with the eight athletes on the top advancing into round two with three more attempts, while the rest are eliminated. 

The best of the six throws are taken into account.

Pakistan's last Olympic medal

Pakistan has not won an Olympic medal since 1992. 

The last Olympic medal for the country was a bronze, claimed by the Hockey team at Barcelona. Before that, Boxer Hussain Shah had brought an individual medal home in 1988.

Locals gather outside Arshad Nadeem’s house in Mian Channu

All of Arshad Nadeem's relatives, friends, and neighbors were very excited and confident that he will win a medal for the country at the Tokyo Olympics.

Tents and chairs were installed outside his house in Punjab’s Mian Channu and residents danced to the beat of drums. 

Way to go, champ!

Meanwhile, in a statement, the PM Office prayed for the success of the star athlete.

“We pray for #ArshadNadeem's podium finish in the finals of the Men's Javelins Throw,” it said.

“With the nation's prayers and your hardwork, victory awaits you, insha'Allah.”

Arshad Nadeem qualifies for final

Arshad’s throw of 85.16m was the best in his group earlier, in the group stage of javelin throw. The attempt brought him into the final game on Wednesday, giving the nation hope of bringing a medal home.

Later, he stood third in the overall group stage with India’s Neeraj Chopra and Germany’s Johannes Vetter scoring first and second positions, respectively.

The 24-year-old athlete was considered one of the strongest contenders to win a medal.

With a season and personal best of 86.38m, Arshad put himself among the top athletes of the competition, with only three athletes — Johannes Vetter (96.29m), Neeraj Chopra (88.07) and Andrian Mardare (86.66) ahead of him.

Arshad is Pakistan’s national javelin throw champion, undefeated since 2015. However, he has broken his own national records seven times during the last six years.