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TOKYO: Pakistan’s top javelin thrower Arshad Nadeem missed out a medal, finishing fifth at the javelin throw finals of the Tokyo Olympics at the Olympic Stadium today.
He managed a throw of 84.62 metre which was not enough to press for the medal. And thus Pakistan finished the Olympics journey without a medal. Pakistan had last won bronze in the men’s hockey in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
Arshad failed to produce his best in the absorbing finals where a few world’s greats also failed to impress. Arshad managed 82.40m, X and 84.62m in the first three rounds which helped him surge to the fourth place and thus was able to make a place in the final eight. But Arshad unexpectedly failed in the final phase as he could manage only throws of 82.91m, 81.98m before making foul while making his last attempt.
It was India’s Neeraj Chopra’s day as he created history with the first ever athletics medal in the 100-year Olympics history when he finished with a gold with a throw of 87.58 metre. This is also the second gold for India in individual sports in the Olympics history. Neeraj’s throws included 87.03m, 87.58m, 76.79m, X, X and 84.24m.
Czech Republic’s Jacob Vadlejch got silver with a throw of 86.67m, an effort which came with his fifth attempt.
His throws break-up included 83.98m, X, X,82.86m,86.67m and X. Vesely Vitezslav, also of Czech Republic, claimed bronze with a throw of 85.44m. His throws tally included 79.73m, 80.30m, 85.44m, X, 84.98m and X.
Julian Weber of Germany ended fourth with a throw of 85.30m. His efforts included 85.30m, 77.90m, 78.00m, 83.10m, 85.15m and 75.72m.
The world’s top thrower and former world champion Johannes Vetter even failed to make it to the final phase, finishing overall ninth with two fouls in the first three rounds. His throws included 82.52m, X and X.
As many as 12 throwers took part in the finals. At the end of the third round top eight were shortlisted for the final phase.