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Arshad set to create history in Tokyo tomorrow

By our correspondent

TOKYO: Pakistan’s top javelin thrower Arshad Nadeem is set to create history when he will compete in the men’s javelin throw final of the Tokyo Olympics at the Olympic Stadium here tomorrow.

Arshad blasted his way into the finals after finishing at the summit in his Group B and third overall in the qualification stage on Wednesday which carried 32 athletes who had been bracketed in two different groups of 16 athletes each.

Arshad managed an 85.16 metre throw in his second attempt to surpass the qualification standard of 83.50 m which had been set for qualifying for finals. Only six athletes could achieve the same standard while the next best six also progressed to the finals as 12 had to qualify as per rules.

Arshad’s personal best time is 86.38 metre and tomorrow it would be a real test for the Khanewal-born athlete to not only record his best but also create history by winning a medal for the country for the first time in athletics history and after 32 years in individual sports.

“I am in good shape and am motivated. I am looking forward for the medal inshaAllah,” Arshad told this correspondent from Tokyo.

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) are the others who are set to pull their best.

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