Wishes pour in as Arshad shines in javelin throw’s qualifying round
Pakistan’s javelin thrower Arshad Nadeem topped his group in the qualifying round with a massive throw of 85.16 metres. Overall, he remained just behind India’s Neeraj Chopra (86.65) and Germany’s Johannes Vetter (85.64).
Arshad can outdo himself in the final round as his personal best is 86.29 metres, which he threw in South Asian Games in Nepal in 2019 that had earned him a gold medal.
On Wednesday, as soon as the Pakistani javelin thrower attempted his throw and topped his group, Twitter erupted with messages of appreciation for the young athlete.
Government of Pakistan’s official Twitter account hailed his effort and wrote, “Arshad Nadeem you have made us all proud.”
Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem created history as the Javelin Thrower hurled a massive 85.16m throw and makes it to the Men's Javelin Throw finals of the Tokyo Olympics.
— Government of Pakistan (@GovtofPakistan) August 4, 2021
US Embassy Islamabad also took to Twitter to congratulate him and wished him luck for the final round.
Congratulations to #ArshadNadeem who has now qualified for the men's final #JavelinThrow event w/ a 85.16m throw in the qualifying stage. With this amazing throw, Nadeem is in first place in group B. We wish you the best of luck for the medal round!#TokyoOlympics
— U.S. Embassy Islamabad (@usembislamabad) August 4, 2021
Ruling party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Member of National Assembly applauded the 24-year-old’s journey from Mian Chunnu to Tokyo and highlighted that grit was written all over his face.
— Andleeb Abbas (@AndleebAbbas) August 4, 2021
Pakistan’s prominent wrestler Inam Butt stated, “Pakistan Olympics medal se bus ek throw door hai [Pakistan is just one throw away from an Olympics medal].”
Pakistan #Olympics 🏅 sy bus 1 throw door hai. #ArshadNadeem
We are proud of you. Many Prayers and Best Wishes for the Medal & final round on 7th August 4pm PST
29 Years of Medal Wait. Duaon mn yad rakhin. #TokyoOlympics2020 @NOCPakistan @ImranKhanPTI @DrFMirza @mo_ipc pic.twitter.com/WQJ0BVwIvc
— Inam Butt (@InamTheWrestler) August 4, 2021
Prolific karateka Kulsoom Hazara also lauded her countryman’s performance and wished him luck for the final.
— Kulsoom Hazara🇵🇰 (@kulsoomkarateka) August 4, 2021
Pakistan’s other Tokyo Olympics hero weightlifter Talha Talib wrote, “We are praying for you brother, InshaAllah we will get medal.”
— Talha Talib (@talha_tlb) August 4, 2021
The final round of javelin throw will take place on August 6 on Saturday.
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