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Arshad to begin Tokyo Olympics medal journey tomorrow

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LAHORE: Pakistan’s premier javelin thrower Arshad Nadeem will begin his Tokyo Olympics journey when he will feature in the qualification stage of the javelin competition at the Olympic Stadium on Wednesday (today).

Arshad, placed in Group B, will compete at 6:35 am PST. Both Group A and B carry 16 athletes each. The athletes who will achieve a minimum qualifying standard of 83.50 metre or at least 12 best performers will make it to the August 7 finals.

Arshad blasted his way into the Tokyo Olympics with a splendid 86.29 metre throw he managed during the 2019 South Asian Games in Nepal which also fetched a gold for the Khanewal-born athlete who has been winning the national title since 2015.

Arshad then bettered his record with an 86.38 metre throw in an international event in Mashhad, Iran, in April this year which also helped him claim gold. It was also Iran’s event record.

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