Pakistan, India renew rivalry for javelin final at Tokyo Olympics

The Nation  |  Aug 04, 2021

Pakistan and India have renewed their historic sporting rivalry at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

News of Pakistan's Arshad Nadeem and India's Neeraj Chopra making it to the final of the men's javelin at the Tokyo Olympics has fuelled scores of comments on Twitter. 

Netizens are hyped over the rivalry between the two countries as they anticipate a tight final. 

While Chopra topped Group A with a spectacular throw of 86.65 metres in his first attempt, Nadeem, who is an Asian Games bronze medalist, surprised Group B as he registered 85.16 metres at the Olympic Stadium in the Japanese capital.

World champion Johannes Vetter qualified for the final with a throw of 85.64 metres. The German has recorded the longest throw this season with 96.29m, a feat he achieved at the European Team Championships in Poland.

The men's javelin final will be held on 7 August – Nadeem, Chopra and Vetter will be going head to head for gold.

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It is pertinent to note that Nadeem has a personal-best throw of 86.38m, which he achieved in April during his gold medal run at the Imam Raza Athletics Cup in Iran.

He is one of the few Pakistani athletes to secure direct qualification for Olympics, thanks to his gold medal-winning throw at South Asian Games in December 2019

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