Arshad Nadeem on Saturday came within touching distance of winning a rare Olympic medal for Pakistan but eventually missed out as he finished fifth in the men’s javelin throw event in Olympics 2021.
Arshad Nadeem, at one point in the competition, was placed as high as fourth before being surpassed by rival athletes.
India’s Neeraj Chopra claimed gold, whereas Czech Republic’s Jakub Vadlejch and Vitezslav Vesely claimed silver and bronze medals.
Arshad Nadeem threw for 82.91m on his opening attempt of the final round and 81.98m on the second. His final attempt of the round and competition was a foul as he finished fifth – just two shy of a podium finish that would have netted him a rare medal.
His main rival, India’s Neeraj Chopra, saw both his attempts of the final round adjudged as fouls but his 87.58m throw in the opening round was good enough to get him the coveted gold medal.
Meanwhile, world number one Johannes Vetter of Germany failed to make it out of the opening round with a disappointing 82.52m in first attempt followed by two foul throws.
Arshad Nadeem finishes 4th in opening round, qualifies for final
Arshad Nadeem finished fourth in the opening round with a throw of 84.62 metres on his third attempt. India’s Neeraj Chopra topped the opening round with a throw of 87.58m.
Arshad Nadeem’s first throw landed at a distance of 82.40 – well below his personal best of 86.38m. His second attempt was deemed a foul.
However, it is common for throwers to take time getting warmed up and work their way up to bigger distances. That is precisely what happened with Arshad Nadeem, who threw for 84.62m on his third attempt.