Commonwealth Games: Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem wins gold medal

Arshad Nadeem beats India's Neeraj Chopra's Tokyo Olympic throw of 87.58m

Faizan Lakhani
Arshad Nadeem after winning gold medal in CWG. —reporter
Arshad Nadeem after winning gold medal in CWG. —reporter

Pakistan on Monday morning witnessed another proud moment as its star javelin thrower, Arshad Nadeem, bagged a gold medal for the country during the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

During the first round of the javelin throw final, Nadeem created a record through an 86.81 metre throw.

In the second attempt, Arshad broke his own record by achieving an 88m throw, followed by an 85.09m throw in the in fourth attempt to remain on top of the list.

In the fifth attempt, the Olympian set a new CWG record of a 90.18m throw and became the first Pakistani to hold the record.

Arshad Nadeem beat India's Neeraj Chopra's Tokyo Olympic throw of 87.58m (Gold) and World Athletics Championship throw of 88.13m.

This is the second gold for Pakistan in Commonwealth Games 2022. Earlier, weightlifter Nooh Dastagir Butt had won the gold medal for Pakistan in the Commonwealth Games 2022 with a record lift of 405kg.

Talking to Geo News, after the historic achievement Nadeem thanked the entire nation for praying for his success.

“Due to prayers of nation, Allah (God) has rewarded me a gold medal,” he said.

Nadeem said that despite elbow and knee injuries, he was very happy for winning the gold medal. “However, I thanked my physicians who had worked with me during my training.”

The star athlete also thanked Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) for providing him with facilities.

Nadeem also missed India’s Neeraj Chopra, who was not part of the competition due to an injury.

Star performer of CWG, Nadeem also demanded the government to provide athletes international level facilities.

“I will also win a medal in Islamic games scheduled in Turkey,” he vowed.