Pakistan’s star javelin thrower Arshad Nadeem secured on Friday the final spot in the ongoing World Athletics Championship in Budapest, Hungary. Meanwhile, Nadeem has also qualified for the Paris Olympics — which is set to take place in 2024. The star javelin thrower saved his best for the last as he notched up a throw of 86.79 meters.
Arshad Nadeem successfully exceeded the Olympic benchmark of 85.50 meters, marking a significant achievement in his javelin throw performance.
Nadeem faced a challenging start, recording a distance of 70.63 meters in his initial attempt. However, he made a strong comeback with an impressive throw of 81.53 meters in his second try.
To secure a place in the final, athletes needed to meet an automatic qualifying mark of 83 meters or secure a position within the top 12 competitors.
The final event for the javelin throw is scheduled to take place on Sunday, August 27.
Arshad Nadeem gained widespread recognition when he achieved a fifth-place finish in the Tokyo Olympics, a feat that had a transformative impact on his life. This accomplishment not only brought him fame and prosperity but also led to personal growth.
Nadeem continued to excel by securing fifth place in the World Championships in the United States the following year. He reached his career-best throw of 90.18 meters at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, setting a record for the quadrennial event.
Subsequently, Nadeem underwent surgeries on his elbow and left knee in London, followed by a period of rehabilitation. He returned to competitive athletics in May at the 34th National Games in Quetta. Although his fitness wasn’t at its peak, he managed to secure a gold medal for his department, WAPDA. Unfortunately, he sustained a significant injury to his right knee during this event, which led him to skip the recent Asian Championship in Bangkok.
Additionally, India’s Neeraj Chopra secured qualification for the Paris Olympics 2024 with a remarkable throw of 88.77 meters, his season’s best, during the World Athletics Championship qualifying round.