Arshad Nadeem keeps Pakistan’s medal hope alive at Tokyo Olympics

Arshad Nadeem on Wednesday kept Pakistan’s hopes of its maiden medal at Tokyo Olympics alive as he went through to the final of the men’s javelin with a throw of 85.16 meters.

The feat made him the first Pakistani to qualify for the final of any track and field event at the Olympics.

Nadeem’s throw was third-best of the day behind India’s Neeraj Chopra (86.65m) and world leader Germany’s Johannes Vetter (85.64m).

The 24-year-old thrower from Khanewal finished above Germany’s Julian Weber and Czech’s Jakub Vadlejch to win his group and a place in the medal round — a performance that got his coach out of his seat applauding.

Celebrities laud Olympian Arshad Nadeem

The former ace cricketer tweeted out a message of support for his fellow sportsman.

Sami Khan 

The actor took to Instagram to share a picture of Arshad’s name on top of the Olympic scoreboard. Sami wrote in the caption, “Proud of Arshad Nadeem. Pakistan Zindabad!”