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TOKYO: Pakistan’s premier javelin thrower Arshad Nadeem today kept Pakistan’s medal hope alive when he qualified for the final of the javelin throw competitions of the Tokyo Olympics.
In a sweltering heat in Tokyo Arshad topped the qualification stage Group B slots, featuring 16 athletes, with a throw of 85.16 metre. This was his second throw of the three rounds qualification stage which directly put him in the finals while meeting the minimum required qualifying standard of 83.50 metre.
Arshad, earlier, managed a 78.50 metre throw in his first attempt. Overall Arshad stood third as in Group A, also featuring 16 athletes, India’s Neeraj Chopra qualified through his first attempt with a throw of 86.65 metre while Germany’s Johannes Vetter managed an 85.64 metre throw with his third and final attempt.
As many as six throwers met the qualifying standard of 83.50m while they were joined by the next best six in the August 7 finals as top 12 had to progress as per regulations.
The final will be held at 4pm PST.
Those qualified for the August 7 finals are: Arshad Nadeem (Pakistan), Neeraj Chopra (India), Andrian Mardane (Republic of Moldova), Kim Amb (Sweden), Novac Alexandru Mihaita (Romania), Veseley Vitezslav (Czech Republic), Julian Weber (Germany), Etelatalo Lassi (Finland), Johannes Vetter (Germany), Mialeshka Pavel (Belarus), Vadlejch Jakub (Czech Republic) and Aliaksei Katkavets (Belarus).