Pakistani athlete Arshad Nadeem has won 2nd gold medal for Pakistan in Commonwealth Games, becoming the first ever South Asian man to cross the 90M barrier in Javelin throw.
- First South Asian to cross the 90 m threshold
- First Pakistani gold medalist in track & field after 60 x years
Arshad Nadeem set a new record in Commonwealth Games record when he managed to throw 90.18 metres to win gold in the javelin throw competitions at the final in Birmingham, London on Sunday.
Nadeem threw 86.81 meters in the first over which was his career best throw. His previous best throw was 86.38 meters.
The Pakistani missed his second turn, leading with a throw of 86.81.
Arshad Nadeem made a throw of 88 meters in the third over, bettering his own national record, was the highest throw by any Pakistani in the javelin throw, while in the fourth round he threw 85.09 meters.
The Pakistan’s star threw 90.18 meters in the fifth round, becoming the first from South Asia and the second Asian athlete to throw longer than 90 meters.
Chaosin Cheng of Taiwan threw 91.36 meters in 1993.Arshad Nadeem’s success has taken Pakistan’s tally of gold medals at the Commonwealth Games to two.
Earlier, Nooh Dastgir Butt also won gold medal in weightlifting competitions.
Pakistan has won a total of two gold, three silver and three bronze medals in the Commonwealth Games so far.
Who is Arshad Nadeem? Gold Medal Winner of Javelin Throw
Commonwealth Games javelin throw gold medalist Arshad Nadeem hails from Chak No. 101-15L, a village near Mian Chinnu.
Arshad Nadeem’ father is Raj Mistry but he has encouraged his son every step of the way.
Javelin throw gold medalist Arshad Nadeem’ s coache, Rasheed Ahmed Saqi and Fayaz Hussain Bukhari has played important role in his career building.
Arshad Nadeem dreamed of becoming a cricket star but after participating in athletics, he got the chance to win Pakistan’s first individual Olympic medal after 33 years.
International career of Arshad Nadeem
Pakistan’s Javelin Thrower Arshad Nadeem has also won gold medal in the South Asian Games held in Nepal last year.
Arshad Nadeem won bronze medals at the 2016 South Asian Games in Guwahati, India and the Asian Junior Athletics Championships in Vietnam.
In 2017, he won third place in the Islamic Solidarity Games held in Baku.
Then in 2018, he won a bronze medal at the Asian Games in Jakarta. In the same year, he finished eighth in the Commonwealth Games.
In 2019, Arshad Nadeem represented Pakistan at the World Athletics Championships in Qatar and secured the sixteenth position and also set a new national record with 81.52 meters.
In the same year, he set a new record of 86.29 meters at the South Asian Games held in Kathmandu.
Arshad Nadeem got an opportunity to participate in the competition held in Mashhad, Iran in preparation for the Tokyo Olympics, where he not only won the gold medal but also improved his own national record by throwing the javelin 86.38 meters.
Nadeem did not perform as expected in the Tokyo Olympics and was unable to repeat his best performance in the javelin throw this year and his best effort of 84.62 meters in the final event placed him fifth.
However, now at the Commonwealth Games, he has won the gold medal by throwing a historic throw which is the best of his career so far.