- Neeraj Chopra wins gold with best throw of 88.17 metres in Budapest
- Arshad Nadeem achieves milestone with super throw of 87.82 metres.
- Czech Republic’s Jakub Vadlejch bags bronze with 86.67 metre throw.
Star javelin thrower Arshad Nadeem made history on Sunday when he became the first Pakistani to win the first-ever medal for his country at the World Athletics Championship in Budapest, Hungary with his best 87.82-meter throw.
India’s Neeraj Chopra was able to secure the gold medal with his best throw of 88.17 meters.
At the start of the game, Nadeem could not have a good start with his throw only reaching 74.80 meters, however, he made a comeback with a remarkable 82.81 meters on his second attempt.
It was the Pakistani thrower’s third throw which was the biggest breakthrough as it reached as far as 87.82 meters — his season’s best.
While the Mian-Channu-born Olympian’s fifth attempt could not reach the 80-meter mark, nevertheless he managed to throw an 81.86-meter in his sixth and last attempt.
The athlete’s medal was confirmed when Germany’s Julian Weber failed to surpass his mark of 86.79 as his final throw fell short of 80m.
A foul by Jakub Vadlejch in his final attempt confirmed that Nadeem will be in the final two.
In his fourth attempt, the 26-year-old could only reach 87.12m, much less than he was expecting.
Earlier Saturday, Nadeem qualified for the final of the World Athletics Championship with his best throw of 86.79 meter.
The benchmark for the Olympics was 85.50m, which Nadeem managed to cross successfully.
The latest win comes after Nadeem came into the spotlight when he finished fifth in the Tokyo Olympics, a feat that changed the entire life of the athlete, marking a great influence on his personality.
Last year, Nadeem also finished fifth in the World Championship in the US.
Soon afterwards he recorded his best throw of 90.18 metres in the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham which is also a record throw of the quadrennial event.
The star athlete then suffered elbow and left knee surgery in London, took time in his rehabilitation, and returned to the competitive field in May at the 34th National Games in Quetta.
In this event, he received a heavy blow when he his right knee got injured, later forcing him to skip the Asian Championship held in Bangkok.