Arshad Nadeem on Wednesday kept Pakistan’s hopes alive at Tokyo Olympics, as he went through to the final of the men’s javelin with a throw of 85.16 meters. The feat made him the first Pakistani to qualify for the final of any track and field event at the Olympics. Nadeem’s throw was third-best of the day behind India’s Neeraj Chopra (86.65m) and world leader Germany’s Johannes Vetter (85.64m).
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Speaking to the media, a 24-year-old thrower from Khanewal said he was thankful for the support given to him by Pakistanis. Pakistan’s superstar athlete Arshad Nadeem has asked his countrymen back home to remember him in their prayers as he gears up to play in the final round in the javelin throw competition in the Tokyo Olympics. The athlete also appealed to the nation for more prayers so that he can give a stellar performance in the final.
“I request the nation to pray for me so I can perform well in the final and raise Pakistan’s flag up high,” he said.
The athlete also thanked his coach for his tireless efforts in training him for the Olympics.
“We will keep performing like this,” he said, ending with an emphatic “Pakistan Zindabad”.
Nadeem has a personal-best throw of 86.38m, which he achieved in April during his gold medal run at the Imam Raza Athletics Cup in Iran. He is one of the few Pakistani athletes to secure direct qualification for the Olympics, thanks to his gold medal-winning throw at the South Asian Games in December 2019.