Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem secured fifth place in the men’s javelin throw final at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon, United States, on Saturday.

It was his best throw of the season.

The Olympian had secured his spot in the final on Friday by hurling javelin at a distance of 81.71 metres during his group B qualifying round to finish ninth overall.

In the final, Nadeem threw at a distance of 86.16 metres, his season best, despite not being fully fit.

Meanwhile, India’s Neeraj Chopra got the silver medal with throw of 88.13m.

Grenada’s Anderson Peters grabbed gold medal by throwing javelin 90.54m away, while Tokyo 2020 silver medallist Jakub Vadlejch of Czech Republic won the bronze with 88.09m.

Peters became the first man since the legendary Jan Zelezny to successfully defend a men’s javelin throw crown at the world athletics championships. He is a world and Olympic champion and holds the world record with a throw of 98.48m.

Participation in the World Athletics Championship was Arshad’s first major international event since Tokyo Olympics. He is the first Pakistani to have qualified for the World Athletics Championships.

Neeraj, meanwhile, played three events only in June this year. 

The 25-year-old Pakistani rose to prominence last year when he qualified for the final of the Tokyo Olympics, becoming the first Pakistani athlete to compete in the final of any track and field event in Olympic history. 

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