On Sunday, legendary javelin thrower Arshad Nadeem made history by being the first Pakistani athlete to win a silver medal for his country at the World Athletics Championships held in Budapest, Hungary. Nadeem’s best throw was 87.82 meters, which earned him the bronze medal.
Neeraj Chopra of India successfully won the gold medal with a throw of 88.17 meters, which was his personal best.
Arshad Nadeem Wins Silver Medal For Pakistan
In the beginning of the game, Nadeem was unable to get off to a solid start because his throw only reached 74.80 meters. However, on his second try, he produced a miraculous comeback by throwing an incredible 82.81 meters farther than his first effort.
The Pakistani competitor’s third attempt was the one that resulted in the most improvement, as it was able to go 87.82 meters, which was his personal best for the season.
Even though the Olympic athlete from Mian-Channu was unable to throw an 80-meter discus during his fifth try, he did succeed in throwing an 81.86-meter discus on his sixth and final effort.
Here is the video
What a day! Tiring yet rewarding. Like to thank Allah for this giving me the ability to go this far. This was the first time in the history of Pakistan that any Pakistani athlete won a medal at the World athletics championships pic.twitter.com/DaZDeRNyq7— Arshad Nadeem (@ArshadOlympian1) August 28, 2023
The athlete’s medal was assured after Julian Weber of Germany failed to beat his record of 86.79 and his last throw was less than 80 meters. This caused him to fall short of the qualifying distance.
It was announced that Nadeem will be competing in the last two when Jakub Vadlejch committed a foul on his final try.
The 26-year-old athlete, who was on his fourth effort, was only able to reach 87.12 meters, which was far less than he had anticipated.
Earlier on Saturday, Nadeem achieved his personal best throw of 86.79 meters, which allowed him to advance to the final of the World Athletics Championship.
The qualifying distance for the Olympics was 85.50 meters, and Nadeem was able to surpass that mark successfully.
The most recent victory comes after Nadeem stepped into the spotlight when he finished fifth in the Tokyo Olympics. This accomplishment altered the course of the athlete’s whole life and had a significant impact on his attitude.
The previous year, Nadeem also competed in the World Championship in the United States and ended in fifth place.
Soon after that, he set a new personal best with a throw of 90.18 meters at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, which is also the record throw for the quadrennial competition.
After undergoing surgery in London on both his elbow and left knee, the great athlete then spent some time rehabilitating before making his comeback to the field of competition in May at the 34th National Games in Quetta.
During this competition, he had a serious setback when he damaged his right knee, which ultimately forced him to withdraw from the Asian Championship, which was held in Bangkok.