On Sunday, Arshad Nadeem, Pakistan’s top javelin thrower, wrote his name in history as he became the first Pakistani athlete to secure a silver medal in the World Athletics Championships.
Watch this golden moment:
Silver medal in the javelin with the throw of 87.8m by Arshad Nadeem 👑 Congratulations Pakistan for the first ever medal at world athelete Championships. Really a proud moment for Pakistan👏#ArshadNadeem pic.twitter.com/IZVt4RiOr6
— iLHm🇵🇰🐬 (@hope_light) August 27, 2023
This remarkable achievement came as he clinched the silver medal with an extraordinary throw of 87.82 meters during the men’s javelin throw final at the global event held in Budapest, Hungary.
Notably, the Olympic champion from India, Neeraj Chopra, who had previously won gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, added another gold to his illustrious career by achieving a throw of 88.17 meters at this prestigious event in Budapest. Meanwhile, Jakub Vadlejch of the Czech Republic secured the bronze medal with a throw measuring 86.67 meters in what proved to be an enthralling competition.
Pakistan’s cricket legend praises the national asset Arshad Nadeem saying:
Take a bow Arshad Nadeem… the whole Pakistan is celebrating your silver medal … worth more than a gold … in World Athletics Championship. Why I said it’s worth more than a gold is that you don’t get the top level facilities other athletes get, but you still excelled. So… pic.twitter.com/sG6ZA9alNw
— Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) August 28, 2023
Arshad Nadeem, who had recently returned to the international circuit after a year-long hiatus due to fitness issues, displayed remarkable form before a packed stadium audience.
Both Arshad and Neeraj Chopra had dominated their respective groups during the qualification phase, setting the stage for a gripping showdown between the two athletes.
Chopra took the lead with a splendid throw of 88.17 meters after a foul in the first round.
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Arshad, following a couple of attempts measuring 74.80 and 82.81 meters, made a superb throw of 87.82 meters in his third attempt, securing the silver medal, which marked Pakistan’s first-ever medal in the history of the World Championships.
Arshad’s performance in the top eight included throws measuring 87.15 meters, a foul, and 81.86 meters.